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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 July 11, 2018
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Navigation, Guidance and Control Flight Systems Engineer-17891 


Position Description
 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary: Develop evaluation methodologies and software used to assess the accuracy and performance of current and future weapon 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 (e.g. RADAR). Develop/understand the mathematical algorithms necessary to evaluate guidance and navigation errors using Kalman Filters. Assess navigation, guidance, and control designs for future missiles and reentry vehicles.

  1. Evaluate the accuracy and performance of flight vehicles using data fusion/estimation models, onboard telemetry, and off board metric measurements; in particular, inertial navigation system and Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements. (20%)
  2. Develop/understand the mathematical models describing sensor data from inertial measurement units, GPS receivers, RADARS, and potentially other sensor systems. Develop/understand the algorithms required to estimate guidance and navigation errors using Kalman Filters. (20%)
  3. Write software (primarily Matlab) required to process data from IMUs, GPS receivers, RADARS, and potentially other measurement systems. (20%)
  4. Participate in technical meetings and working groups that assess and monitor weapon system performance and that evaluate proposals for future missiles and reentry vehicles and their navigation systems. (10%)
  5. Write weapon system evaluation reports and present analysis results at technical meetings with sponsors and external organizations. (10%)
  6. Document and present analysis findings as appropriate. (10%)
  7. Interact with sponsors and representatives of other organizations. (10%) 
Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time. 


: Required Qualifications:
  • B.S. in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline with relevant experience.
  • 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. 
Desired Qualifications:
  • M.S. or PhD. in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or related technical discipline with 3+ years of missile systems and missile modeling and simulation related experience.
  • Experience using modeling and simulation tools to compute trajectories. 
Special Working Conditions:  Travel of 10 to 20 days a year is likely.

Security: Secret Clearance is required.  Applicant selected 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.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at 

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. 

Primary Location

 *United States-*Maryland-*Laurel 


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