Senior Project Engineer

The Aerospace Corporation Albuquerque, NM
Requisition ID: 41764

All Locations: Kirtland AFB, NM (New Mexico)

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?



Candidate will provide independent technical and scientific support to the development, testing and application of technologies for advanced space-based infrared sensor systems suitable for wide-field of view sensing, detection and tracking of hypersonic air vehicles. This position requires co-located, daily, continuous interfacing with the program offices responsible for this technology development. Job duties will include directing the activities of ETG support MTS. Some travel will be required.

Specific Duties:

* Work with customer to identify sensor technologies that will enable, improve or enhance future space based infrared hypersonic target detection and tracking.

* Develop and/or apply analysis and modeling to evaluate the relative merits of alternative technologies particularly for large focal plane arrays, read-out integrated circuits, cryogenic coolers, and optical systems.

* Evaluate alternative sensor system concepts and related technologies in terms of performance, cost, technology readiness/risk, and manufacturability.

* Develop technology roadmaps and development plans, including insertion opportunities.

* Define testing program to validate suitability for the intended application, and to increase technology readiness.

* Analyze data from technology testing to validate and improve models of system performance.

* Propose recommendations on courses of action based on test results.


Required Qualifications

* Advanced degree in engineering, physics or equivalent

* Minimum of 6 years of experience in advanced infrared focal plane development, testing and system applications.

* Experience with optical system design.

* Candidate must be highly motivated and able to work independently or as a team leader within a government program office environment.

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

* Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with program office leadership and customer personnel.

* This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

* Candidates with Top Secret and current SSBI are desired.

* Demonstrated ability to interact and build effective relationships and teams with government customers, other FFRDCs, contractors, and Aerospace personnel

* Experience in government acquisition in the space domain

* Knowledge of all phases of system acquisition development, from requirements definition through implementation, and testing

* Demonstrated ability to work in a highly dynamic environment

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