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Project Engineer, NNSA

Requisition ID: 41908 

All Locations: Alexandria, VA (Virginia) 

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 clandestine 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?


The primary focus of this position is the performance of systems engineering and integration (SE&I) activities for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in support of space based instrument development and testing, payload integration, ground system interface, and program assessment functions for the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System (USNDS).


The successful candidate will plan and execute studies and analyses to support technical decision-making on the program. Duties will include the development, evaluation and execution of systems engineering and mission assurance processes and practices, enterprise-level assessments, systems architecture and analysis of alternatives (AoA) studies, technology evaluation, and technical and programmatic risk assessments.



•             Support senior staff on programmatic and technical studies to assist NNSA in agency-level strategic decision-making on existing programs and projects

•             Includes performing cost and schedule analysis on programs and projects throughout the development lifecycle, detailed assessments of earned value data, and technical risk assessments to inform program risk posture and assess programmatic health and status

•             Support includes utilizing and maintaining databases, data sources, and data-driven analytical models. Typical products and services are independent cost/schedule estimates, programmatic assessments, architecture studies, engineering assessments, strategic studies, development of capabilities/tools and project support. Studies work may span across NNSA disciplines focusing on system acquisition as well as studies related to best practices, standards, infrastructure, and policy. Support senior staff on the execution and integration of technical analyses products.

•             Current customers include NNSA Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, R&D (NA-22). Work may also include support to Defense Programs Systems Engineering and Integration (NA-18).

•             Candidates should be able to work and communicate effectively as part of a team in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment, react quickly to changing requirements and schedules, and provide products of consistently high quality

•             Travel required to support meetings in Albuquerque, NM and Los Angeles, CA.

•             Candidate should have the demonstrated ability to summarize and present analysis findings to senior staff and customers





•             8 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering and/or program management environment and a Bachelors degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics field is required. An advanced degree is preferred.

•             Multidisciplinary experience including, spacecraft and launch vehicle concept design and operation, knowledge of NASA missions and technologies, knowledge of NASA development lifecycle, development requirements and guidelines is desired

•             Dependability, good interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to work on teams are essential

•             Experience in systems engineering, risk assessment, cost modeling and analysis, independent cost estimating and tradespace exploration studies is desired

•             Experience directly interfacing with customers and delivering comprehensive assessment products is desired

•             Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required

•             Ability to obtain and maintain a secret clearance; top secret and SCI are desired.


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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJ ENGINEER  

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  No 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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