Rust Job: RF Systems Engineer - (On-Site)

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Chantilly, VA - United States of America

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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.


The Communications Technologies and Engineering Division (CTED) at Aerospace Corporation helps our customers solve the hardest problems in Satellite Communications, Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), and Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT). CTED provides solutions broadly covering architectures, policies, system design, performance, and development of cutting-edge prototypes in our laboratories. The division interacts with all major space customers to address their needs from terrestrial networks, ground stations and wireless systems to spacecraft, with a strong focus on robust and resilient communications.

We are seeking to hire an RF Systems Engineer to support within the Digital Electronics and Electromagnetics (DEE) Department under CTED.

**This role will require the candidate to support on-site in El Segundo, CA.

What You'll Be Doing

Job Summary:
  • Joining the Digital Electronics and Electromagnetics Department as a mid-career engineer who works both independently and as a member of project teams
  • Providing subject matter expertise in RF systems and RF components for receive and transmit systems
  • Solving technical problems in the areas of communications, signals collection, and remote sensing
  • Analyzing RF systems and components using a mix of modeling/simulation and experimental measurements
  • Using laboratory facilities including our RF signals lab, anechoic chamber, and mobile remote testing vehicle for performance testing, prototype development, and contractor oversight
  • Using your technical abilities and insights to keep ongoing development programs successful and to influence future missions
  • Supporting our DOD and Intelligence customers with primary support to the National Reconnaissance Office

What You Need to be Successful

For consideration as a Level II -

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program in Electrical Engineering or related technical discipline
  • Minimum of 7-years of relevant experience in progressively more responsible roles
  • Experience in RF system design and analysis
  • Experience using commercial and/or custom modeling and simulation tools for RF analysis
  • Experience in a laboratory environment working with RF hardware and test equipment
  • Willing to travel domestically up to 10% of time.
  • For this specific position and program, the chosen candidate will need to be of U.S. Citizenship as they will need to have the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government Security Clearance provisioned by the U.S. Government.

For consideration as a Level III -

Minimum Requirements: (In addition to Level II requirements)
  • Minimum of 12-years of relevant experience in progressively more responsible roles.
  • Demonstrated ability to architect and implement antenna and RF system solutions with real-world performance requirements
  • Experience leading RF development projects and mentoring more junior staff

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
  • Experience in both RF and antenna analysis and design
  • Proficiency with a variety of popular analysis tools such as ADS, Microwave Office, HFSS, Feko, CST, and GRASP
  • Experience leading small teams for projects related to antenna systems, radar systems, SIGINT processing, communication systems, and hardware prototyping
  • A background in scientific programming using languages such as C, C++, Fortran, Python, Rust, or Julia
  • Possess an active and current U.S. Government issued DOD - Security Clerance.

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