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Missile Navigation Engineer
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted 06/10/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Missile Navigation Engineer-21223 


Position Description

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


Are you interested in working on cutting edge missile systems that are critical to the survivability of the United States?



Are you up to the challenge of designing and evaluating an onboard Kalman Filter running real time in an Inertial Navigation system that is accurate enough to put a missile on a target from very far away despite being GPS contested?



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


We are seeking a Missile Navigation Engineer with a strong background in Inertial Navigation and Kalman Filters to help us develop the next generation of hypersonic and ballistic missile systems. These weapon systems come with an enormous NG&C challenge: They fly VERY fast, with short time-constant nonlinear dynamics, through an atmosphere with many unpredictable disturbances, in a GPS contested environment. We as a nation need to rise to this challenge, and we need you to do it.



Your primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Conduct Navigation system design and analysis of next-generation missile systems, including algorithm & system trade studies, performance prediction, covariance analysis, and 6 Degree of Freedom (DOF) simulation and modeling (70%)

  • Assess the performance of existing missile NG&C subsystems; develop, implement and assess potential improvements to these algorithms (20%)

  • Document & present technical results to peers, supervisors and external sponsors (10%)



You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you... 

  • Hold a Master's degree or above in Aerospace, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (or closely related technical discipline).

  • Have a strong background in Inertial Navigation and Kalman Filters.

  • Have professional experience or coursework in one or more of the following: State Estimation (Kalman Filters), Inertial Navigation, Covariance Analysis, GPS error modeling, and Flight Dynamics.

  • A passion to work on NG&C Flight systems.

  • A strong sense of curiosity to understand why and how a system works, and initiative to follow up on that curiosity. 

  • Have a demonstrated proficiency in Matlab, with exposure to Simulink and C++.

  • Have a strong mathematical background

  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Are able to function as part of a team. 

  • Are able to support multiple projects simultaneously. 

  • Are able to 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 PhD in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering (or closely related technical discipline) or 5+ years of relevant NG&C professional experience.
  • Have professional experience or coursework in one or more of the following areas: Nonlinear Estimation, Testing or modeling of Inertial Navigation Hardware (Accelerometers, Gyros, GPS, etc.), Feedback Control, Optimal Control, Guidance, Trajectory Design & Optimization.

  • Have experience with real time flight systems.

  • Have a general understanding of software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop development.

  • Are familiar with and interested in Guidance & Control algorithms.

  • Have a demonstrated proficiency in Simulink and C++.

  • 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 at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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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