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GN&C Research Engineer
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted August 06, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

GN&C Research Engineer-24331 


Position Description

Do you have a passion for research and development in the field of Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C)?

Would you love to work on ground breaking weapon systems that are needed for the survivability and long-term deterrence strategy of the United States?

If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team of hardworking engineers at the Flight Navigation, Guidance, and Control Evaluation and Development Group (Flight Systems Branch) at APL! Our group is an inclusive and diverse mix of professionals that like to explore, build, innovate, and collaborate. Every day we address exciting new challenges and help our sponsors achieve their objectives.

We are seeking a creative engineer with a focus in Guidance and Control to help us develop groundbreaking algorithms for next-gen missile systems. These weapon systems come with significant GN&C challenges, offer plenty of opportunities for innovation, and are the top research priority of the nation. We as a nation need to rise to this challenge and develop these systems, and we need your creativity and intellectual curiosity to do this!

As a GN&C Research Engineer you will...

  • Perform trade studies of different Guidance schemes, affiliated computational tools, and develop algorithms for the design and analysis of next generation Hypersonic weapon systems. Generate optimal trajectories using the developed schemes.
  • Develop control algorithms for next generation weapon systems. Conduct trade studies, develop efficient schemes, and run simulations.
  • Document and present research to peers, technical leadership, and program management.



You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Hold a Master’s degree or above in Aerospace or Electrical Engineering (or closely related technical field).
  • Experience in the fundamentals of Guidance & Control and the ability to mathematically formulate problems.
  • Interest in generating optimal state trajectories.
  • Have professional experience or coursework in one or more of the following: Optimal Control, Classical Control, Guidance Algorithms, Optimization, and Flight Dynamics.
  • Have a proficiency in Matlab, with an exposure to Simulink.
  • Have excellent writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Have a strong interest in real-time flight systems.
  • Are able to acquire a Top Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You’ll go beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Hold a PhD in Aerospace, or Electrical Engineering (or closely related technical field) with dissertation work in Guidance, Navigation, and Control or 5+ years of significant GN&C professional experience.
  • Experience in generating state trajectories using advanced Guidance & Control algorithms.
  • Experience in developing cutting-edge control algorithms using both modern & classical methods.
  • Experience in mathematically formulating GN&C problems and using numerical solvers to compute solutions.
  • Have professional experience or coursework in one or more of the following: Optimal Control, Trajectory Design, Classical Control, Constrained-Optimization, Guidance Algorithms, Flight Dynamics, Numerical Methods, System Theory, Robust & Adaptive Control, Non-Linear Systems, Sensor fusion, ISR Systems, and Error Covariance Analysis.
  • Have experience with real-time flight systems.
  • Have proficiency in Simulink and Object-Oriented Programming.
  • Currently hold a Secret (or above) clearance.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.





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