Flight Systems Guidance & Control Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Laurel, MD
Nov 23, 2021
Dec 04, 2021
Full Time
Would you be interested in helping shape the next generation of US defense capability and help solve challenging engineering problems?Are you looking for meaningful work developing flight guidance and control systems that support our warfighters?Do you want engaging work with an employer that prioritizes impact, innovation, and personal development?We are seeking an innovative engineer to help us provide world-class guidance and control research and development for a wide variety of flight systems. Our team provides expertise on a multitude of programs, including hypersonic missiles, submarines, cruise missiles, and autonomous flight vehicles. We seek to develop a breadth of technical knowledge and experience, so we can provide our sponsors with unparalleled perspective and innovation. You will have an opportunity to work on guidance, control, navigation, optimization techniques, and high fidelity physics based modeling and simulation as a member of our team. We are passionate about learning and advancing state-of-the-art control theory and are committed to finding the best solutions for the programs we support.As a Flight Systems Guidance and Control Engineer Your primary responsibility will be to apply guidance and control theory to a range of dynamic systems to solve moderately complex technical problems for concept development, simulation and flight test applications.You will take initiative in implementing innovative ways of designing and analyzing unique systems. You should also be able to use and modify high fidelity simulations to evaluate performance, utilizing knowledge of vehicle and trajectory dynamics.You will collaborate on small teams in these technical areas, working together to gain an understanding of different design requirements to guide the development process.You will have opportunities to communicate with sponsors to discuss and present technical briefs.You will also perform research by utilizing a strong desire to understand modern control theory and related disciplines to identify new areas of advancement.QualificationsYou meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Possess a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, or other related technical disciplines.Have at least 2 years relevant professional level experience.Maintain a background in control techniques with some exposure to both modern and classical design.Have knowledge of flight system guidance algorithms, autopilot design, and trajectory optimization.Are experienced in building physics based models, applying system dynamics and equations of motion in a simulation environment.Have skills in programming with MATLAB, Simulink, and C++.Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.Have experience working effectively in a team environment while supporting multiple development projects concurrently.Have strong initiative, creativity, breadth of experience, and a passion for learning.Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain Top Secret level 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 US citizenship.Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Possess Master's degree or PhD in a related technical discipline.Have experience in project management and leading teams of people in technical development.Have Python experience and additional programming experience.Have experience with cooperative/coordinated control, swarming, and game theory.Have experience with state estimation, navigation, mathematics, sensor/seeker technology, and optimization theory.Maintain a general understanding of software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop development.Hold an Active Secret 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

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