Data Scientist

Requisition ID: 41528

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you'll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration - to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you'll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?


The Aerospace Corporation is seeking a Data Scientist with a keen knowledge and interest in cloud systems and solutions focused on development using cutting-edge technologies and frameworks. The qualified candidate will become part of Aerospace's Data Science and AI Department, where they will develop tools, prototypes and production systems and analytic applications for mission-critical space systems.

Key Functions

  • Assessment of the maturity and prevalence of technologies in industry for use in scalable and resilient mission-critical applications in a production environment
  • Evaluation of selected technologies for specific system development tasks
  • Presentation of evaluation results to senior members of team with recommendation for best path forward for project
  • Development of prototypes and proof-of-concept software/systems for distributed, mission-critical systems
  • Application of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria in software/system development and design
  • Development of proof-of-concept infrastructure configuration and software prototypes for/with team leads
  • Development and execution of experiments with advanced software technologies (e.g. virtualization/cloud platforms, software technologies, etc.) to prove technology viability for specific application/system
  • Working in a fast-paced, feature-driven environment with small teams that deliver features and products
  • Learning and understanding of new and cutting-edge technologies for utilization within product development and lifecycles
  • Creating an environment of learning and progress with team members and others


This position may be filled as a Data Scientist or Senior Data Scientist

Required for Data Scientist
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or a related field from a recognized institution
  • Two or more years of software development in at least two different languages (e.g. Java, Python, C/C++)
  • Experience and understanding of software engineering concepts
  • Experience and understanding of machine learning and statistics
  • Working knowledge of Unix/Linux operating systems
  • Leadership or technical responsibility in one or more software development or computer engineering projects
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

Required for Sr. Data Scientist
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or a related field from a recognized institution
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in relevant data science roles
  • Proficiency in Python and/or C++ programming languages
  • Strong experience working with Unix/Linux operating systems
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

  • Advanced degree in a technically related field
  • Active security clearance
  • Participation in extracurricular activities related to data science (e.g. Kaggle competitions)
  • Experience with data visualization and user interfaces
  • Experience with statistical modeling tools (R, Python, Octave/Matlab, etc.)
  • Experience in implementing real-time machine learning and data mining algorithms in large scale environments
  • Experience with big data frameworks (e.g. Hadoop, Spark, etc.)
  • Experience in image/signal processing, statistics, data mining and predictive modeling
  • Experience in SQL, NoSQL and other big data querying languages
  • Familiarity with statistical tests, distributions, maximum likelihood estimators, etc.
  • Experience with machine learning methods like random forests, logistic regression, neural networks, k-nearest neighbors, etc.
  • Proficiency in at least one visualization tool and/or library (D3, Matplotlib, MS Excel, etc.)
  • Experience utilizing Scikit-learn, OpenCV, Caffe/TensorFlow libraries
  • Experience in collecting data from/exposing data to various data sources and services (API, XML, JSON, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively define goals and track progress on tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to apply initiative and creativity to solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to operate independently and proactively seek guidance as needed

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title : MEMBER-TECH STF

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Relocation Available: Yes

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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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