Optical Communication Scientist

    • El Segundo, CA

Requisition ID: 49962

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?

Responsibilities

The Laser Technology and Optical Communication Section of the Photonics Technology Department at The Aerospace Corporation has an opening for a highly motivated experienced scientist/engineer to conduct laboratory-based research and prototype hardware development for free-space optical communications for space and airborne-related applications. The candidate will support a range of activities including (but not limited to) current and next-generation small-sat laser communications demos, link simulation and analysis, laboratory testbeds for optical Tx/Rx technology development and evaluation, ground station receiver development, optical waveform and system evaluation and verification.

Key Functions

  • Support ongoing interdisciplinary and inter-organizational projects related to free-space optical communications, and cultivate external collaborations within areas of research
  • Goals range from proof-of-principle demonstrations to support delivery of mission payloads and provide operational support
  • Support/lead optical communication architecture definition, develop and characterize Tx/Rx payloads, evaluate photonic sub-components, construct/support optical testbeds, and explore insertion opportunities for next-generation space missions
  • Investigate new and existing modulation/coding formats, define requirements, and provide technical assessment related to laser communication for various customer need scenarios through internal trade studies, concept of operations definition, and risk reduction testing
  • Perform link analyses and simulations of various free-space optical communication protocols and understand the impact of environmental conditions and system imperfections on the operation system through Bit Error Ratio (BER) analysis and develop ways to mitigate the effect of such factors on an operational system
  • Work with staff and management to develop and implement R&D and program support strategies
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and peer-reviewed literature articles to document knowledge generation and research outcomes
  • Support offsite field campaigns or customer meetings as required


Qualifications

Required

• Minimum qualifications are a Master's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, or Optics/Photonics related fields with 8+ years post-degree work experience in free-space Optical Communication, Optical Engineering, Opto-Electronic Packaging, or Signal Processing in support of Optical Communication related activities.
• Candidates with a PhD degree with 5+ years of post-degree work experience are strongly preferred.
• Strong hands-on experience with developing optical testbeds, experience with fiber optics and free space optical components, discrete and integrated photonics components such as photodetectors, lasers, modulators, etc., expertise in free-space optical link analyses, significant experience with Tx/Rx prototype development and field operational integration processes.
• Experience in supporting government customers on issues regarding current or emerging space technologies is strongly desired.
• Candidates must be highly motivated and goal oriented, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in inter-organizational and inter-disciplinary teams.
• Candidates with existing SCI clearance preferred; otherwise must be able to obtain an SCI clearance.

Preferred

• Minimum qualifications are a Master's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, or Optics/Photonics related fields with 10+ years post-degree work experience in free-space Optical Communication, Optical Engineering, Opto-Electronic Packaging, or Signal Processing in support of Optical Communication related activities.
• Candidates with a PhD degree with 7+ years of post-degree work experience are strongly preferred.
• Strong hands-on experience with developing optical testbeds, experience with fiber optics and free space optical components, discrete and integrated photonics components such as photodetectors, lasers, modulators, etc., significant experience with Tx/Rx prototype development and field operational integration processes
• Significant experience with free-space optical link modeling and simulation and experimental validations.
• Objective evidence of significant role in the peer community as demonstrated by executive membership of academic society, participations in government panels or/and professional committees related to the listed topic area.
• Experience in supporting government customers on issues regarding current or emerging space technologies is strongly desired.
• Candidates must be highly motivated and goal oriented, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in inter-organizational and inter-disciplinary teams.
• Candidates with existing SCI clearance strongly preferred; otherwise must be able to obtain an SCI clearance.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: SCI

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.

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

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