The Advanced Concepts Section within the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory performs cutting-edge research, development, analysis, and implementation of the advanced estimation and control algorithms used across a multitude of different weapon systems. Members of the Advanced Concepts Section are frequently called upon to tackle challenging, novel problems that stymie traditional solution approaches. Team members are proven independent problem-solvers who can self-start, identify and develop new methodologies, and operate effectively with limited guidance.
As a member of an exclusive, high performing research team, you will develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to the most demanding challenges being faced in air and missile defense. You will design and apply new methodologies to "solved" problems and demonstrate how clever analysis can outperform naïve approaches. You will propose, lead, and contribute to advanced independent R&D efforts directed toward the next generation of missiles, smart projectiles, and directed energy systems. You will serve as an interface between the GNC group and the wider academic community, reducing new ideas to practice and producing documentation and tools that expand the capabilities of the whole group.
We are seeking candidates who have a broad technical background (with a core skillset in control theory), and a passion for using new theoretic techniques to solve practical problems. Areas of interest for our section include, but are not limited to, control theory, dynamics, detection & estimation theory, convex optimization, robotics, computer vision, multi-agent systems, SLAM, and machine learning. Candidates should have demonstrated experience applying their broad skillset to a diverse array of technical challenges, and show an ability to act independently to identify, learn, develop, implement, and share the techniques needed to solve a wide variety of problems.