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Navigation, Guidance, and Control Flight Systems Engineer
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted January 23, 2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Navigation, Guidance, and Control Flight Systems Engineer-19953 


Position Description

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Navigation, Guidance, and Control Flight Systems Engineer.


Develop evaluation methodologies and software used to assess performance of current and future flight systems. Analyze measurement data and understand/develop the corresponding mathematical models for inertial measurement units (IMU), Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and other sensor systems. Develop the mathematical algorithms necessary to evaluate guidance and navigation errors using Kalman Filtering and other similar techniques. Assess navigation, guidance, and control designs for future missiles and reentry vehicles.

  • Develop and use the mathematical models describing sensor data from inertial measurement units, GPS receivers, RADARS, and potentially other sensor systems. Develop and use the algorithms required to estimate guidance and navigation errors using Kalman Filters. (30%)
  • Conduct analysis for next-generation flight navigation, guidance, and control systems, including algorithm trade studies and performance prediction (20%)
  • Assess the performance of existing flight navigation, guidance, and control subsystems; develop, assess, and implement potential improvements to these algorithms (20%)
  • Develop and use software (primarily Matlab) to process data from IMUs, GPS receivers, and potentially other measurement systems. (20%)
  • Write flight system evaluation reports and present analysis results at technical meetings with sponsors and external organizations. Participate in technical meetings and working groups that assess and monitor flight system performance. (10%) 



Required Qualifications

  • M.S. in in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline with relevant experience. 
  • 10+ years experience in flight navigation, guidance, and control systems engineering.
  • Knowledge of flight inertial navigation and GPS navigation.
  • Knowledge of estimation theory (e.g. Kalman Filtering).
  • Strong computer and programming skills and proficient with MATLAB. Must be able to interact effectively with individuals of different experience levels and backgrounds including external industry and military personnel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • The qualifications needed in this job also include initiative, interest in skill development and the flexibility to accept assignments of varied scope and skill.
  • Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Desired Qualifications

  • PhD. in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline with relevant experience.  
  • Experience using modeling and simulation tools to compute trajectories. 
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. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at


APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Primary Location

 *United States-*Maryland-*Laurel 


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