Electro-Optical Systems Engineer | The Aerospace Corp.

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Industrial Affiliates Employer Icon

Position Location: 
El Segundo, CA
Job Description: 

Requisition ID: 30081

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 Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department supports electro-optical payload development by performing systems engineering analysis in a concurrent engineering environment. Systems are evaluated from an optical, thermal, and structural perspective. System engineering will also involve development and analysis of testing methods for sensor systems and large aperture optics.

Key Functions

  • Provide performance analysis of electro-optical sensor systems for assessing proposed designs and developing technical performance requirements, including using optical design codes.
  • Generate novel sensor concepts to meet evolving customer requirements.
  • Develop modeling, simulation, and exploitation algorithms for visible and infrared imaging radiometers and spectral imaging sensors.
  • Develop optical testing methods for electro-optical systems.
  • Interact with senior staff and department management to solve challenging technical problems that arise on EO sensor system programs. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in optics, physics, or electrical engineering.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with modeling, simulation, and data analysis of visible and infrared optical sensors.
  • Good theoretical understanding of optical system engineering including analysis and testing.
  • Good analytic skills in electro-optical sensor performance including radiometry, stray light, optical design, and testing.
  • Demonstrated strong analytic problem solving skills in visible and infrared electro-optical sensor performance, including radiometry, pan chromatic, multi-, and hyperspectral image processing and exploitation.
  • Strong computer programming skills in an engineering application environment such as MATLAB, ENVI/IDL, or Mathematica.
  • Demonstrated experience with optical design code such as CodeV and/or Zemax, experience with stray light code such as FRED, and other related optical software packages such as LightTools and SolidWorks.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
  • Must have or be able to obtain an SCI SSBI security clearance.


  • Advanced degree.
  • Laboratory experience with optical instrumentation and setups.

To be considered for Level II candidates must have (In Addition to Required Qualifications):

  • Lead technical teams in execution of electro-optical systems analysis.
  • Demonstration of successful task/project leadership.
  • 8 years in total of experience with modeling, simulation, and data analysis of visible and infrared optical sensors.

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. Visit our website to review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

Note: the position requires eligibility for DoD security clearance.  

If you are interested in being interviewed, please stop by the Academic Programs Office in Meinel 403 to sign up for a time slot. Here is the link to apply for the job: https://careers.aerospace.org/job/El-Segundo-Electro-Optical-Systems-Engineer-CA-90245/428414700/