Navigation, Guidance, and Controls (NG&C) Flight Analysis Engineer

Do you have a passion for Navigation, Guidance and Control (NG&C)?

Are you interested in evaluating the performance of missile and hypersonic reentry vehicles using advanced simulation tools and real flight test data?

Are you up to the challenge of working with and learning from experts in the field of inertial navigation and state estimation?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!

We are seeking a Flight Analyst with a background in Inertial Navigation and Kalman Filters to help us evaluate the performance of our Nation's most advanced hypersonic and ballistic missile systems.

As a Flight Analyst, your primary responsibility will be to...

  • Analyze flight test data collected from navigation sensors including inertial measurement units (IMU), Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and other sensor systems (e.g. RADAR).
  • Develop proficiency with analysis tools and methods to determine overall flight performance of ballistic missile and reentry systems.
  • Design and develop new tools and methods required to evaluate the performance of future flight systems.
  • Assist in the design and maintenance of the flight analysis software
  • Present findings to a broad internal audience as well as the sponsor and external organizations at working groups, post-flight briefings, and program reviews.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Hold a B.S. (or above) in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Physics (or closely related technical discipline).
  • Have professional experience or coursework in one or more of the following: Estimation Methods (Kalman Filters), Inertial Navigation, and Flight Dynamics.
  • Have a demonstrated proficiency in Matlab, with exposure to C and a variety of computer languages.
  • Have a strong sense of curiosity to understand why and how a system works, and the initiative to follow up on that curiosity.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Are able to support multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Are able to function as part of a team.
  • Are willing and able to travel occasionally (potentially 2-3 trips per year of duration one week or less).
  • Have or can obtain a 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 above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
  • Hold a M.S. (or above) in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Physics (or closely related technical discipline) or 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Have professional experience or coursework in one or more of the following areas: Estimation Theory, Testing or Modeling Inertial Navigation Hardware (Accelerometers, Gyros, GPS, etc.), Flight Test Analysis.
  • Have proficiency with simulation tools (functional or covariance) that predict the performance of dynamic systems.
  • Currently hold an active 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. 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

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.

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