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Software Engineering Specialist at The Aerospace Corporation in Chantilly, VA

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Requisition ID: 21021 

All Locations: Chantilly, 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?



Do you enjoy solving challenging software problems? Want to contribute to the success of the nation's vital space systems? Aerospace is looking for software engineers interested in applying emerging software technologies to space-related systems. Aerospace's Software Systems Engineering Department (SSED) team is a leader in applying new software approaches, design, architectures, and development and is looking for your contributions. We welcome software engineers with eight plus years of experience who want to work with modeling tools, various software engineering methods, various programming languages, and cyber security.



  • Providing software systems engineering skills and technical support to space and ground systems.
  • Applying skills and adaptability in various areas that may include resolution of issues in software and computer systems-related technologies. Support may include, but is not limited to software engineering (e.g., prototype development and enhancement), working with various phases of software development (e.g., evaluation of requirements, development, design, processes, analysis), and other related areas.
  • Working with computer systems; software engineering and modeling tools; multiple languages (e.g., java, C++); and operating systems (Windows, Linux)- Supporting technology recommendations, risk assessments, trade studies, and analyses
  • Providing expertise at technical interchange meetings with Aerospace, customer, and contractor personnel.
  • Learning new skills and mentoring others



  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution



  • Eight or more years of experience (Consideration for experience will be given to those with an advanced degree)
  • Proficient in one or more of the following: C/C++, C#, Java, Python. Must be able to quickly learn new programming languages 
  • A strong technical background and clearly demonstrated experience with current technologies 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to obtain and maintain TS/SCI clearance 
  • Must be highly motivated. Must be able to work well collaboratively or independently, as each task requires. Must be able to adapt to a customer's evolving needs.  Exhibit high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers 
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.



  • Advanced degree in in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Experience with cloud technologies and architectures, specifically clearly demonstrated experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Experience with working in virtualized environments
  • Current TS/SCI clearance
  • Experience with research and development.

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Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available: Yes 

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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