Space Domain, Sensors, Space Control and Missile Warning Analyst

The Aerospace Corporation
Colorado Springs, CO
Added: February 16, 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.

Job Summary

The Systems Performance, Estimation, and Algorithms Department (SPEAD) performs concept development, systems engineering, architecture analysis, algorithm development and evaluation support for national security space customers emphasizing Radar, Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) sensors, command and control, missile warning/missile tracking (MW/MT) missions, electronic warfare (EW), space domain awareness (SDA), and space protection and security.

The selected candidate will provide project and technical leadership, analytical support, algorithm development, systems engineering and architecting, and modeling and simulation analysis for space surveillance systems, tactical command and control, space protection and space threat susceptibility, missile warning and missile defense. Candidate will interact directly with government customers as well as Aerospace program office personnel in the Colorado Springs area and collaborate closely with Engineering and Technology Group (ETG) and program office personnel in El Segundo, CA, Chantilly, VA, and other locations.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in the modeling and analysis of SDA and MW/MD sensors and systems and their broader system-of-systems architectures
  • Conduct a range of analysis using a framework of modeling, simulation and analysis capabilities including in-house, custom and commercially available/government provided modeling tools
  • Analyze electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR), radar and passive radio frequency sensor concepts, architectures, and algorithms
  • Missile and advanced threat (dim, highly maneuverable) target tracking and track custody
  • Sensor constellation performance analysis
  • Directly support the technical lead for a modeling and simulation effort for the Space Security and Defense Program by providing analysis, development support and guidance of junior engineers
  • Become proficient in the areas of SDA, BMC2, space control, the space operations simulator
  • Provide independent assessments and lead studies with teams of analysts derived from the most capable government/FFRDC/SETA/contractor sources

Minimum Requirements

What you need to be successful

  • Advanced degree in mathematics, engineering, physics, computer science or equivalent, or a bachelor’s degree with eight (8) years of applicable experience required
  • 5 years experience in systems engineering analysis of space surveillance systems including system-of-systems architectures, mission performance assessment, and system evaluation and simulation.
  • Demonstrated experience within the BMC2, SDA, space control mission areas or MW/MT/MD mission areas
  • Experience in modeling, simulation, analysis, and/or algorithm development
  • Led development of computer tools and simulations to support analyses of interdisciplinary support teams and performing general systems engineering and integration support
  • Experience in at least one the following programming languages; Java, C++, Python, MATLAB, C, or FORTRAN.
  • Good interpersonal communication and briefing skills along with the ability to work independently and interact effectively with high-level government, Aerospace, and contractor personnel.
  • 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.

How You Can Stand Out

  • Current TS/SCI clearance.
  • Background in command and control.
  • Experience with EO/IR sensors, especially for missile warning/missile defense
  • Operational experience as an orbit analyst, space control operator, battle manager in the air, maritime or missile domains (e.g. AWACS, AEGIS, GMD, HIMARS, etc.), or an Air Force weapons school graduate
  • Experience with or understanding of electronic warfare and/or passive RF collection modeling
  • Experience with space surveillance network sensor operations, or other SOSI network sensor operations
  • Fluency in agile software development using object-oriented languages such as C++ or Java

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)

$103,000 - $131,000 - $158,900

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.