Space Scientist- Sensor Developer

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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.

 

 

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

Required

  • 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.

 

Preferred

  • 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

 

 

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 [email protected]. 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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Location

Aerospace is headquartered in El Segundo, less than a mile from the beach. We are close to the 405 and 105, and one block from the Green Line.

An Insider's view of The Aerospace Corporation

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

It has been my experience over the past 6 years that we have an excellent work/life balance. Our product is our expertise, so individuals are recognized and valued for the unique perspective they bring to the table. I’ve never felt like “just a number”, and with that understanding comes a flexibility to my work schedule that I really appreciate.

Matt

Manager, Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department

How does the company support your career growth?

Aerospace encourages each employee’s ability to learn and grow by nurturing a diverse environment of technical expertise. We have subject matter experts in every topic that involves space launch (and much more!) who are easy to locate, access, engage, and collaborate with to develop and create career growth opportunities.

Pavel

Sr. Member of Technical Staff, Structural Systems

What is your vision for the company?

At Aerospace, we encourage every employee to bring their unique perspectives and experiences to work to help us deliver on our role as the nation’s trusted partner, solving the hardest problems for the preeminent space enterprise.

Todd

Sr. Vice President, Engineering and Technology

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I think of my career as a journey filled with personal growth; rather than a sequence of titles. I’ve worked with a diverse group of individuals over time, which has helped me realize the power of seeing the possibilities and potential in everyone. Sure, my career has grown in title and responsibility, but the real growth has been in me.

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Principal Director, Systems Engineering Division

What are The Aerospace Corporation Perks + Benefits

The Aerospace Corporation Benefits Overview

We work in a collaborative and inclusive environment with strong values focused on our mission, innovation, and people. We offer a comprehensive total rewards portfolio with a wide array of employee programs and services. From flexible work schedules to a 401k plan that's top of the industry, we provide the support you need to be your best self at work and at home.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Aerospace conducts a variety of mentoring programs and community efforts, including STEM tours and partnering with colleagues in education, industry, and government.
Partners with Nonprofits
Aerospace Cares offers opportunities for employees to volunteer their time or donate to the charity of their choice.
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Aerospace hosts several clubs offering employees opportunities to participate in many social and recreational activities from table tennis to foodie groups to gaming.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
With half our board being women or people of color, Aerospace is committed to a continuously more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Aerospace ERGs were established to bring cultural awareness, enhance career development opportunities, and promote diversity. We currently have 8 ERGs.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Set aside pre-tax dollars for eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses.
Disability Insurance
Company-paid short and long-term coverage; optional supplemental employee paid, long-term disability coverage available.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Company-paid basic and occupational accident; optional supplemental employee-paid life and accident.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
You and your household members are eligible for up to 5 free visits for each personal situation.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire.
401(K) Matching
Employees receive a total company paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions.
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Aerospace provides backup child care assistance as well as daycare discount programs.
Generous Parental Leave
Four weeks of company-paid leave when taken within the first twelve months of the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Full-time employees can work either a standard eight-hour day or a 9/80 schedule with alternate Fridays off.
Remote Work Program
Aerospace offers complete and partial remote work for qualified positions.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Adoption Assistance
Employees who adopt are eligible for the same 4 weeks of paid parental leave that employees who birth a child or have a foster placement get.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Aerospace employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Full-time exempt employees receive unlimited sick time.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Aerospace's dress code is causal including jeans, t-shirts and sneakers every day of the week. Some roles may require occasional professional dress for external business meetings.
Commuter Benefits
Aerospace has a commuter vanpool program, designated carpool parking, ride-matching services, bicycle commuting support, EV chargers, and public transportation reimbursement.
Game Room
You will find ping pong tables around campus. Our CEO hosts an annual ping pong tournament.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at their team's discretion, but most teams go once a month.
Parking
We offer employees free on-site garage and non-garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Aerospace offers employees professional development opportunities like onsite training courses and the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
When you attend any of the company hosted learning sessions, you are paid for those hours spent in class. Aerospace encourages employees to expand their skills by taking these courses.
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