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Hypersonic and Ballistic Missile Interceptor Analyst

Company: The Aerospace Corporation
Location: Huntsville
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

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 Defense Systems Group (DSG) provides analysis-based decision support to senior leaders on space architectures, policy and strategy, developmental planning, system of systems engineering, and threat reduction to help shape future space missions across the national security space enterprise. DSG is unique at Aerospace as it not only directly supports major customers, including, the United States Space Force, the Department of the Air Force, the Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Materiel Command, and senior leadership at the Pentagon, but also provides a broad range of services and support across the national space enterprise, maintaining vertical responsibilities with customers but also horizontal, matrixed responsibilities across the corporation.The Strategic Deterrence and Defense Division (SD3) leads the Aerospace team supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). As a Hypersonic and Ballistic Missile Interceptor Analyst for MDA System Assessment and Integration, you will play a critical role by leading independent analyses of the Missile Defense System (MDS) and providing technical expertise for the System Integrator. This role will offer technical analysis and recommendations to customer collaborators on critically important solutions.This position will be a hybrid work model with most of the work week required to be onsite at Aerospace or customer facilities in closed areas for classified work. This position is located in Huntsville, AL.What You'll Be Doing

  • Support the development of performance assessment/analysis plans to assess various aspects of missile defense system weapons in different environments to include Flight, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL), and Interceptor-Level Tests.
  • Develop software tools and analyze data from HWIL, Flight Test (FT), and Digital Simulations to identify capabilities and limitations associated with interceptors and kill vehicles.
  • Assess interceptor capabilities (booster and kill vehicle) for hypersonic and ballistic missile defense, including the Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), future Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI) and Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI), through analysis from digital simulations as well as any known testing, hardware, and software caveats/limitations.
  • Develop and present timely and technically accurate briefings and reports that clearly communicate analysis results and provide recommended solutions, supporting critical decisions in collaboration with technical leads, management, and customers.
  • Work with a combined team of government, other FFRDC/University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), and System Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) personnel.
  • Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned as needed.This position is available as a Member of Technical Staff or Sr. Member of Technical Staff.What You Need to be SuccessfulMember of Technical StaffMinimum Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, or related technical field
    • 2 years of overall technical experience (Master's Degree can be used in lieu of experience)
    • Experience related to software development, testing, verification & validation, analysis, or tool development.
    • Proficiency in Matlab and/or Python programming and experience working with SQL databases
    • Experience in data visualization
    • Some travel is required
    • This position requires the ability to obtain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearanceSr. Member of Technical StaffMinimum Requirements:
      • 5 years of overall technical experience
      • Same requirements as aboveHow You Can Stand Out It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
        • Advanced degree in engineering, computer science, or related technical field
        • Knowledge and experience with at least one component of the Missile Defense System (MDS), MDS Targets, or MDS Testing.
        • Experience in technical fields related to Missile Defense (sensors, target discrimination, fire control, launch vehicles, kill vehicles, targets)
        • Proven ability to work in a matrixed environment
        • Ability to rapidly learn new software programs and languages and apply new technologies and techniques
        • Experience working with and analyzing Flight Hardware in the Loop (HWIL) test data
        • Experience in working with large data sets and/or developing data pipelines
        • Current and active Secret clearance with ability to obtain a Top Secret clearanceWays 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 respectWe 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.

Keywords: The Aerospace Corporation, Huntsville , Hypersonic and Ballistic Missile Interceptor Analyst, Professions , Huntsville, Alabama

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