Communication Spectrum Engineer

    • El Segundo, CA

In an era of dynamic change in space, Aerospace is addressing a generation of complex challenges. We operate the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise. Our technical experts span every discipline of space-related science and engineering. Join our team and thrive in a career that matters to the world and you personally.

Due to the proliferation of 4G/5G and small satellite systems, the nation is facing a big challenge on how to allocate spectrum. Do you want to tackle the latest spectrum challenges? Do you want to learn the latest communication designs that will enable future wireless systems? Are you motivated to work in projects that protect national security interests? The Aerospace Corporation's Communication Architectures Department may be the group you want to join. Our group performs trade studies, analyses, and simulations to optimize the overall communications performance of terrestrial, satellite, launch vehicle, and ground based systems. We also guide the development of spectrum regulations and policies to assure critical wireless systems have access to necessary spectrum resources. We are seeking a Communication Spectrum Engineer to provide spectrum engineering as well as analyze and create communication analysis tools, which can be utilized for efficient and effective spectrum management.

Key Functions

  • Provide systems engineering and spectrum management support in space and terrestrial communication architectures
  • Assist in analyzing next generation of communication architectures, requirements, and space policy
  • Assist/Perform radio frequency interference analysis of communication systems to promote spectrum sharing and resolve spectrum contention issues
  • Provide analysis and evaluations of national and international spectrum policy activities
  • Survey and identify trends in spectrum usage and develop new communication architectures and concepts
  • Assess the performance of satellite and ground systems, communications links, and wireless network protocols
  • Present technical and project status briefings to management and customers
  • Travel to customer facilities


This role can be filled as an Aerospace Member of Technical Staff or Senior Member of Technical Staff
Qualifications
Required
  • Degree from an accredited university in engineering or science
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant experience
  • Active, or able to acquire, Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance. (US citizenship required)
  • Abilitiy to be trained in spectrum management, spectrum policy, and spectrum regulations
  • Background in communication systems
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and communication skills
  • Ability to present results effectively in briefings and technical reports
  • Excellent organizational, as well as written and oral communication skills


Preferred
  • Master's Degree or Ph.D. in electrical engineering, communications, or systems engineering
  • Active Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance
  • Strong knowledge in communication systems, architectures, and networks
  • Knowledge of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Radio Regulations and Allocations and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) spectrum management systems and processes
  • Working knowledge of interoperability and standards; spectrum management; protocols and infrastructures; wireless communications and network design
  • Strong software skills (Python, C/C++, Matlab, ...)
Qualifications for consideration as a Senior Member of Technical Staff
Required
  • Degree from an accredited university in engineering or science
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience
  • Active, or able to acquire, Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance. (US citizenship required)
  • High aptitude for leadership and ability to mentor more junior engineers
  • Strong interest spectrum management, spectrum policy, and spectrum regulations
  • Strong background in communication systems, architectures, and networks
  • Strong software development skills
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and communication skills
  • Ability to present results effectively in briefings and technical reports
  • Excellent organizational, as well as written and oral communication, skills


Preferred for Senior Member of Technical Staff
  • Master's Degree or Ph.D. in electrical engineering, communications, or systems engineering
  • Active Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance. (US citizenship required)
  • Experience with communication space policy
  • Knowledge of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Radio Regulations and Allocations and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) spectrum management systems and processes
  • Working knowledge of interoperability and standards; spectrum management; protocols and infrastructures; wireless communications and network design
  • Experience in space systems engineering development and acquisition
  • Proven software tool development skills


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at ieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.


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