Project Engineer, Space Threat Generalist
- 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.
The Strategic and Global Awareness Directorate (Project West Wing) provides technical intelligence analysis and research for a broad range of national security space and intelligence community customers. The Space and Global Security (SGS) team works to provide unique, timely and independent assessments and counsel pertaining to current and future threats to the use of space as well as the effectiveness of strategic deterrents.
Summary of Responsibilities
Actively contribute to a high-performing team bringing technical skills to bear to characterize the fast-moving field of space threats and its implications to U.S. National Security Space. Participate in a wide-range of technical activities, work with technical intelligence, analyze threats to space programs, and influence customer decisions on important National Security Space topics.
- Develop and maintain (for PE; "Take a technical leadership role in developing and maintaining" for SPE) a comprehensive awareness and understanding of current and developing threats to current and future U.S. national security space systems, architectures, and missions. Specific threat domains of interest include but are not limited to: orbital and ground-based kinetic energy, directed energy, and electronic warfare systems; navwar; supply chain; sabotage; signals intercept; nuclear; cyber/spacecyber; conventional; and non-conventional threats throughout the world.
- Form teams with other SGAD and engineering group staff to perform accurate in-depth research, detailed modeling, or other multi-disciplinary engineering analysis required to complete tasks.
- Proactively identify and articulate key threat issues and the impact of those issues on SMC and other internal and government customer concerns; advocate for research tasks to address key national security counterspace and nuclear deterrence issues at both the strategic and tactical levels.
- Build and maintain relationships with other Aerospace colleagues and intelligence community and national security space organizations to facilitate the exchange of information and data, and maintain and enhance products and processes to ensure the relevance of the group's analyses.
- Protect and maintain the organization's reputation for integrity and unbiased, independent, high-quality analysis.
- Gather, assimilate, process, and analyze a wide variety of open source and other forms of data and information; apply intelligence analysis, scientific, and/or engineering methods to draw conclusions and extrapolate answers to both specific and general scientific and technical threat intelligence questions.
- Prepare high quality written technical reports, and prepare and deliver briefings to audiences ranging from peers to high-level government decisionmakers.
- Assist in identifying, acquiring/developing, and leveraging analytical tools and date capture techniques.
- Travel as required to contractor locations, government facilities, and other Aerospace offices.
- At least a bachelor's degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline is required. A master's degree in an appropriate science/engineering discipline is strongly preferred. The research skills demonstrated by a Doctorate-level degree are desirable.
- Eight (PE; Twelve for SPE) or more years of experience in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline is required. Significant exposure to threat and/or risk analysis, and the intelligence and national security space communities is desirable.
- Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and creative problem solving.
- Strong demonstrated written and oral communication skills are required to collaborate with peers and customers and generate deliverable products.
- Proven ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal and working relationships with various levels of corporate staff, peers, management, program offices, customers, and contractors.
- Demonstrated initiative and strong technical leadership skills, with proven ability to work with and build teams.
- The ability to travel is required.
- This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. Government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
- Must have or be eligible for a Top Secret clearance and SCI access. Current TS/SCI strongly preferred.
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 projects for civil agencies like NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, commercial companies, universities, and international organizations in the national interest.
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.
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, and that produces 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.
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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 email@example.com. 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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