Space Scientist-Sensor Developer

    • El Segundo, CA

Requisition ID: 51341

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?


Join our team as we help shape the future of space exploration and applications. This role involves conducting fundamental and applied space science research to solve hard problems in effects of the space environment on space system design and operation with a focus on spaceflight hardware development. Our team works to understand the fundamentals of space weather and its impacts for applications in space system design and operations. This role is focused on space environment research and the development of innovative instrumentation concepts for our customers. The role also includes reporting on scientific and application results through direct interactions with customers and corporate leadership, participation in scientific conferences, and through peer-reviewed publications.

Key Functions

  • Apply scientific methodology to solve problems in space science and applications.
  • Space sensor technology assignments: understand the state of the art in space particle and plasma research; collaborate within the Corporation and with external organizations to develop innovative sensor technologies for measuring and monitoring space hazards including particles; participate in proposal teams for sensor development, ground data system development, flight, and mission operation opportunities.
  • Applied research assignments: engage with space system operations communities to document and understand the role of space weather in operations; participate in anomaly investigations; use established system assessment methods to advise on material solutions for space weather information.
  • Fundamental research assignments: exploit PSL and space science community data and modeling expertise for focused research in heliophysics.
  • Customer interaction assignments: support and grow interactions with a diverse set of customers; propose new sensor concepts related to space weather and space environment; routinely engage with Corporate and external sponsors by documenting, publishing, and participation in real-time interactions.


  • Ph.D in space physics from a recognized institution.
  • Experience in conducting space science research with focus on experimental techniques and data exploitation.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain secret clearance. This is issued by the U.S. Government and U.S. citizenship is required.

  • 5 or more years of increasingly responsible and related scientific experience
  • Experience with spaceflight hardware: requirements development and management; technology trades; ground-based testing and calibration; delivery and integration; mission operations
  • Experience with exploitation of datasets of space physics measurements involving ground data management and fundamental research

Additional Requisition Details

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.

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.

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