The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.
At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.
The Vehicle Design and Innovation Department (VDID) provides space vehicle design and analysis, rapid systems engineering processes, and vehicle systems engineering support throughout the program acquisition lifecycle using systems engineers, modeling capabilities, rapid prototyping tools, and dedicated engineering development facilities. As a member of VDID you will be developing the next generation of innovative spacecraft designs to solve the most challenging problems of our US Space Force, Intelligence Community, NASA, NOAA, and commercial/international customers.
VDID – VDA Section Description
The Vehicle Design and Analysis (VDA) Section within VDID focuses on developing, maintaining, and improving the various tools used by VDID during the assessment of space vehicle concepts, which assist our customers at various stages of the systems engineering and acquisition process.
What You’ll Be Doing
As a Member (or Senior Member) of the Technical staff, you’ll be:
- Leading early-stage design studies for spacecraft concepts; types of studies can include both small, individual efforts as well as larger, multidisciplinary teams of subject matter experts.
- Leading continuous development, maintenance, and improvement of the tools and models that are used during spacecraft design and analysis activities.
- Evaluating the feasibility of spacecraft and space architecture concepts during key milestone reviews such as Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, etc.
- Developing as a subject matter expert in spacecraft-level systems engineering to support execution of customer programs.
- Establishing strong working relationships with government, program office, and contractor personnel as well as other members of Aerospace’s engineering group.
- Hybrid: This position will be a hybrid work model and offer partially remote with a minimum of 3 days per week of onsite work required in Aerospace’s campuses in El Segundo, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, or Chantilly, VA.
What You Need to be Successful
Minimum Requirements For Member Of The Technical Staff
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in a relevant engineering or science discipline.
- 2 years relevant experience
- Relevant work and/or graduate school experience, typically 2 years or a Master’s degree, in a related engineering or science discipline.
- Demonstrated knowledge and/or relevant coursework in spacecraft subsystems and systems engineering topics.
- Ability to excel at both self-directed tasks, as well as large collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams.
- Experience with concurrent engineering tools, processes, and methodologies.
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and ability to excel in a collaborative environment; proficiency with office and collaboration tools, such as MS Office.
- Ability to travel domestically, on an infrequent basis.
- The position requires ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. US citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
Additional Minimum Requirements for Senior Member of the Technical Staff:
- Relevant work and/or graduate school experience, typically a Master’s degree 4 years work experience.
- Strong leadership skills and a willingness to mentor earlier career staff
How You Can Stand Out
- Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment, adapt quickly to changing priorities, and balance projects with conflicting time demands.
- Advanced knowledge of spacecraft subsystems and system engineering topics.
- Advanced knowledge of concurrent engineering methodologies, processes, and tools.
- Proficiency in modeling and simulation tools, and programming languages, including one or more of the following: MATLAB, Python, Simulink, STK, C++, VBA, SolidWorks, Cameo, or similar.
- Strong, demonstrated personal initiative to seek out work, establish relationships throughout organizations, and identify and correct issues as they arise.
- Current or active TS/SCI clearance.
We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.
(Min - Mid - Max)
$71,000 - $99,350 - $127,700
Pay Basis: Annual
Ways We Reward Our Employees
During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.
Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
- Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
- Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
- Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
- 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
- Flexible spending accounts
- Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
- Relocation assistance
- Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
- Education assistance programs
- An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect
We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.