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. We remain committed to maintaining a safe environment for hiring as we look forward to the future of work. Click here for information on Aerospace's COVID-19 directives and safety procedures implemented to keep our workplace safe. Job Summary Physical Sciences Laboratories (PSL) has more than 100 specialized laboratories used to test, analyze, and troubleshoot virtually every aspect of rocket and satellite system design, development, construction, deployment, and operation. The diverse expertise of the laboratories' technical staff allows PSL to stay abreast of new technological developments and program support issues associated with rapidly evolving space systems. The Photonics Technology Department is hiring an RF Photonics Engineer. The Electronics and Photonics Laboratory (EPL) focuses on areas of electronics and photonics directed towards development of new capabilities for space systems, as well as ensuring that new and existing systems reliably deliver 100% mission success in the rigors of the space environment. This full-time position will be a hybrid work model with some onsite work required in El Segundo, CA. Highlights of our lab's capabilities can be seen here: Aerospace Virtual Tours What You'll Be Doing As part of the Photonics Technology Department, you will conduct research, development, and analysis, with a focus on photonic integrated circuits (PICs) to help shape the future of PIC technology for space. Job duties include: Creating and implementing novel integrated RF photonic and photonic-electronic systems with a focus on optical communications applications Developing laboratory breadboard implementations of heterogeneous RF photonic systems Implementing photonic systems on chip, including photonic integrated circuits, involving simulation, design, and manufacture Developing characterization methodologies, figures of merit, and performance models for novel RF photonic systems Reliability and life testing of integrated photonic devices Working with internal teams and external organizations to create novel photonic integrated circuits for space applications Providing technical guidance on photonic systems and photonic integrated circuits to a wide range of space programs and customers Proposing new research and development projects This position is available as a Research Engineer or Senior Engineer What You Need to be Successful Minimum Requirements: Research Engineer Bachelor's degree in Physics, Optics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, or a related field is required Typically, 8 years of applicable professional or educational experience is required Laboratory experience with photonic, electronic, and/or RF systems and components Experience with simulation design, layout, and fabrication of integrated photonic devices and systems, including simulation software such as Lumerical, OptSim, ComSol, or equivalents and layout software such as KLayout or LayoutEditor Knowledge of materials platforms used in photonic devices, such as silicon and indium phosphide Data analytics skills in Python, MATLAB, Mathematica, or related languages Ability to work independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams Experience writing research and development proposals, such as SBIR Willingness to occasionally travel domestically or internationally to support customer needs, approximately ~5% (as required) 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 Senior Engineer Same requirements as a Research Engineer, in addition to: Typically, 12 years of applicable professional or educational experience is required How You Can Stand Out It would be impressive if you have one or more of these: Research Engineer or Senior Engineer PhD degree in Physics, Optics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, or a related field is highly desirable 12+ years of experience with PICs, integrated photonics, and/or RF photonic systems is preferred Experience sending photonic integrated circuit designs through commercial foundry processes Strong knowledge of state-of-the-art foundry processes for photonic devices across multiple material platforms Strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings 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. 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