Autonomous Systems Guidance and Control Engineer


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

Job Summary: Responsible for designing physics-based models of a wide variety of multi-disciplinary systems and utilizing them for G&C algorithm development.


  • Model Development – utilize existing or acquired systems design and operational expertise to build mathematical, logical, and visual models of complex deployed military and civilian systems. (40%)
  • Autonomous System Guidance and Control Analysis – develop guidance and control algorithms for autonomous systems leveraging simulation environment. (40%)
  • Visualization – coordinate with computer graphics developers to visualize systems and their interaction with the environment and other systems. (20%)

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 Physics or Engineering or other related technical discipline, and at least 2 years relevant professional level experience to include strong systems analysis skills. Experience in building physics based models along with specifying algorithms of those models for software engineers. Experience with MATLAB, C or other programming language. Exposure to LabVIEW and/or Simulink, and familiarity with simulation verification/validation processes. Background in developing guidance and control algorithms for a wide variety of autonomous systems. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Must work effectively in a team environment and be able to multi-task and support multiple development projects concurrently. The ideal candidate should have strong initiative, creativity, breadth of experience, and a desire to learn.

Desired Qualifications:

M.S. in Physics or Engineering. Fundamental knowledge of linear and nonlinear control methodologies as well as a background in autonomous system guidance. A general understanding of software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop development. Ability to research and develop expertise in a variety of systems (e.g., submarines, missiles, UAVs, UUVs, balloons). Familiarity with the agile development process.

Special Working Conditions: Some US and foreign travel will be required, not likely to exceed a few trips per year.

Security: Secret Clearanceis required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation andmust meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information upto the Secret level. Eligibility requirements include UScitizenship.

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.

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