Network and Cloud System Architect

    • El Segundo, CA

Requisition ID: 53145

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?


To realize the momentous goals and swift pace needed for future space systems, The Aerospace Corporation's Network Systems Department (NSD) seeks a Network and Cloud System Architect specializing in architecture definition, development, analysis and design of network and cloud systems for a wide range of next generation of space systems. NSD is part of the division within The Aerospace Corporation responsible for communications systems of all sorts. From here, NSD supports Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and other US Government, and Civil/Commercial customers in the design, analysis, modeling, simulation, and anomaly resolution of space systems. As a member of NSD, you will play a vital role in building future space systems with challenging and impactful mission objectives by leading technical teams and providing technical expertise in the areas of network and cloud systems architecture and design.
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 great 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.

Key Functions

  • Lead various communication and network engineering tasks and projects through network and cloud systems architecture definition, development, analysis, modeling & simulation, and prototype development/validation
  • Lead development of innovative concepts and algorithms in supporting areas of systems management, performance/reliability analysis, traffic modeling, software-defined networking and network resiliency
  • Provide technical analysis and technical leadership to develop the next generation of network and cloud system architectures and requirements
  • Design, analyze, and simulate space and ground system architectures
  • Develop and assess the performance, security, and resiliency of satellite systems
  • Provide recommendations based on technical analysis of performance, affordability and risk
  • Utilize network testbeds to investigate new technologies and assess system performance
  • Identify and develop new business opportunities with new and existing customers
  • Provide independent technical leadership, mentorship, and direction to less experienced staff
  • Coordinate tasks and participate in technical meetings for customers working closely with members of diverse teams across Government and industry
  • Present technical and project status briefings to management and customers
  • Lead system-level trade studies and briefings for design concepts, protocols, requirements analysis, design reviews, system installation and integration oversight and validation of system requirements
  • Lead specialized technical studies and internal research and development (R&D) efforts


  • A Degree in engineering or science from an accredited university
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in communication, network, or cloud systems
  • Strong technical background in cloud technologies, network protocols, and network management
  • Experience with cloud system architecture definition/development, trade studies, and requirements/interface definitions
  • Ability to support systems integration of complex network systems
  • Exceptional verbal and written English language skills, strong communication skills, and ability to interact well in group meeting/working environments

  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science in the areas of digital communications and network systems
  • Experience with satellite communication network systems
  • In-depth understanding of Physical, Media Access Control (MAC), and network layers
  • In-depth understanding of emerging communication and network technologies (e.g., SDN, 5G, Internet of Thing (IoT), etc.)
  • Experience in Python, Matlab, and C/C++
  • Experience with network management systems and network security
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams as a project lead and/or technical lead
  • Current DoD SECRET clearance
  • Active Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) or Top Secret (TS) U.S. Security Clearance

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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 You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles
Job Segment: Cloud, Network, Architecture, Engineer, Electrical, Technology, Engineering

The Aerospace Corporation provides trusted advisory expertise on the total space enterprise.

Aerospace Company Image

Back to top