RF/Radar Engineering Specialist

The Aerospace Corporation
Chantilly, VA
Added: February 20, 2024
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 Communication Software Implementation Department (CSID) within CTED is hiring an RF/Radar Engineering Specialist to perform proof-of-concept studies, implements new algorithms, and builds prototypes for signal processing applications. We are subject matter experts who provide technical advice to our customers on satellite communication systems.

When you join our team, you’ll also be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators in CTED. Join us and take your place in space.

Work Model: This role is hybrid work required in either of El Segundo, CA or Chantilly, VA.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • The chosen candidate will collaboratively establish and lead projects that further the organization’s technical capabilities around Radio Frequency and Radar Signal processing
  • Engage in mentoring activities that promote a culture of inclusivity and growth both within, and across, organizational boundaries
  • Manage technical projects with cross-disciplinary teams from proposal to execution plan to final product delivery
  • Ensure the technical quality of deliverables (reports, software, hardware, services, etc.) to customers.
  • Mentor and lead staff to create cutting edge prototypes in the RF and Radar processing application area using best available technologies
  • Promote and market the organization’s capabilities to customers. Engage with customers and higher management in identifying areas to support and develop statements of work and statements of expectations for technical projects.
  • We go beyond analysis and simulation to build working intelligent Communication prototypes. You also need to be excited about exploring fields and concepts that may be out of your comfort zone.

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful - Engineering Specialist

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or another related discipline
  • Minimum of six years of relevant experience and strong technical knowledge in Radio Frequency Processing, Radar Processing and, more broadly, Digital Communication
  • Strong coding skills in either C++ or Python programming languages
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with corporate, customer, and contractor management and staff
  • Record of effective mentorship, career development, training, and interpersonal skills directed toward junior engineers
  • 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.

Minimum Requirements For Senior Engineering Specialist

  • All of the above requirements for RF/Radar Engineering Specialist
  • Proven technical leadership skills with demonstrated project management experience from initial concept to execution and Aerospace-quality product delivery
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Domain expert level experience of progressively responsible engineering experience in software development, signal processing systems, space systems and/or communication systems
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance
  • Experience developing digital communication prototyping using GNU Radio, SDR#, pySDR, X-Midas, etc.
  • Work implementing and/or leveraging SecDevOps/DevSecOps pipelines for software projects
  • Comprehension of ML Ops tools and processes
  • Familiarity with Data Science which includes data-centric problem formulation, data cleaning hands-on experience as well as classification, regression and reinforcement learning knowledge
  • Strength in more than one of the following programming languages/libraries: Python, C/C++, TensorFlow, scikit-learn, Keras, Theano, PyTorch, Veles, etc.
  • Experience supporting Air Force and/or NRO space programs
  • Advanced degree (Master or PhD) in relevant engineering disciplines

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)

$126,000 - $154,000 - $192,000

Pay Basis: Annual

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

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 You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.