Spacecraft Guidance And Control Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Laurel , MD 20708

Posted 2 weeks ago

Are you passionate about spacecraft Guidance and Control?

Would you love to apply your technical knowledge and creativity to make innovative contributions to some of the nations spectacular space missions?

Are you searching for a collaborative, fulfilling work environment?

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

We are seeking creative engineers to help us develop, analyze, test, and deliver spacecraft G&C systems for both NASA and National Security Space missions. Our spacecraft reach the extremes of the solar system, from Parker Solar Probe at the Sun to New Horizons at Pluto and beyond, with formation flying at Earth, and we would love to have you apply your talents to our challenges. As a member of our team, you will contribute to the development of some of our nation's most critical space missions, joining a hardworking team of engineers who strive to deliver game-changing solutions. You will have the opportunity to support both pre-launch spacecraft development and post-launch operations performance analysis and system updates. We are passionate about our work, striving to cultivate an environment of partnership and collaboration, and committed to making critical contributions to critical challenges.

As a Guidance and Control Engineer...

  • Your primary responsibility will be assisting in the design, development, and delivery of G&C subsystems for various Earth and/or interplanetary spacecraft, with your primary focus being attitude determination, guidance, and control.

  • You will implement control and estimation algorithms, actuator and sensor hardware models, and dynamic simulations in MATLAB/Simulink.

  • You will assist with the integration and test of spacecraft through scenario testing and data analysis.

  • You will support G&C spacecraft operations.

  • You will develop G&C analysis tools for pre- and post-launch activities.

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

  • Possess an MS in Aerospace Engineering or related field.

  • Have previous experience or significant coursework in the design, analysis, or development of complex aerospace systems.

  • Are skilled in analytical and numerical computing software, such as MATLAB and Simulink.

  • Are able to obtain a TS/SCI 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...

  • Possess a PhD in Aerospace Engineering or related field.

  • Have at least 5 years of spacecraft mission experience in either design, analysis, development, testing, or operations of G&C subsystems.

  • Have experience in extended Kalman Filters, Frequency Domain Analysis, or Stability and Jitter Analysis.

  • Possess an active Top Secret clearance (or above).

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.

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