The Aerospace Corporation
In an era of dynamic change, Aerospace is addressing the most complex challenges in space.

DSP and SDR Engineer

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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.
In this role, you will become part of the Communication Technologies and Engineering Division (CTED). Main-mission communication satellites, wideband links, command and telemetry, signal collection and terrestrial networks, along with their enabling technologies, are the domain of CTED. The division comprises all aspects, from architectures to implementation; our engineers work directly with corporate customers to ensure robust and resilient communications. In Chantilly, VA we are engaged in modeling & simulation work and prototyping & testbed development work. The range of work includes cubesat payload development, signal collection prototypes, antenna modeling and measurements in our anechoic chamber, software defined radio communications and signal collections systems, and RF system in support of prototyping and customer developments.
Work Model
This Position will be located 100% onsite in Chantilly, VA.
What You'll Be Doing

  • Solving technical problems in the areas of communications, signals collection, and data processing
  • Developing experiments and prototypes in our laboratory facilities that include extensive SDR hardware, FPGA development systems, and RF signals test and measurement equipment
  • Supporting customer programs by performing research, analysis, development, and assessments of signal processing algorithm implementations on operational hardware
  • Providing subject matter expertise in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Software Defined Radios (SDR)
  • Joining the Digital Electronics and Electromagnetics Department as an early-career engineer who works both independently and as a member of project teams
  • Supporting our DOD and Intelligence customers with primary support to the National Reconnaissance Office
  • Using your technical abilities and insights to keep ongoing development programs successful and to influence future missions

This position can be filled as a DSP and SDR Engineer (Member of Technical Staff) or DSP and SDR Engineer (Sr. DSP and SDR Engineer):
What You Need to be Successful
Minimum Requirements DSP and SDR Engineer (Member of Technical Staff):

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program in Electrical Engineering or related technical discipline
  • Two or more years of relevant experience in progressively more responsible roles.
  • Experience in a laboratory environment working with SDRs or FPGAs, and associated test equipment
  • Experience in developing and implementing DSP algorithms with real-world performance requirements on either CPU or FPGA-based platforms
  • Willing to either learn FPGA development or collaborate closely with in-house FPGA developers
  • Willing to travel domestically up to 10% of time.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SSBI security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain this level of security clearance.

Minimum Requirements DSP and SDR Engineer (Sr. Member of Technical Staff):

  • All of the above requirements for DSP and SDR Engineer (Member of Technical Staff)
  • Five or more years of relevant experience in progressively more responsible roles.
  • Experience working independently and managing individual tasking
  • Experience providing deliverables and briefing management and or customers on project progress

How You Can Stand Out
It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering or related technical discipline from an accredited university.
  • Proficiency with a variety of popular SDR or FPGA tools such as GNURadio, Vivado, or ModelSim
  • Experience working with experts in the fields of antenna systems, RF systems, SIGINT processing, communications systems and hardware prototyping.
  • Experience with Linux-based DSP systems that span across CPUs, FPGAs, GPUs, and SDR platforms.
  • Strong background in scientific programming using languages such as C, C++, Fortran, Julia, or Python.

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

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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.

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.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
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.
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and 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.
Mandated unconscious bias training
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
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 insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Company-paid basic and occupational accident; optional supplemental employee-paid life and accident.
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
You and your household members are eligible for up to 5 free visits for each personal situation.
Financial & Retirement
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.
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare 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.
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.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
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.
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Aerospace has a commuter vanpool program, designated carpool parking, ride-matching services, bicycle commuting support, EV chargers, and public transportation reimbursement.
Company-sponsored happy hours
Happy hours are hosted at their team's discretion, but most teams go once a month.
Onsite office parking
We offer employees free on-site garage and non-garage parking.
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Onsite gym
Professional Development
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
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
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.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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