Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer - Advanced Concepts in Laurel, MD

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Less than 5 years

Posted 7 weeks ago

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.

Professional Responsibilities:

  1. Research, develop, implement, and assess advanced guidance, control, and analysis algorithms supporting next-generation weapon systems. (70%)
  2. Propose, lead, and participate in R&D efforts related to development of new JHU/APL weapon system algorithms and technologies. (20%)
  3. Document and present concepts and findings to other team members, APL management, and external sponsors. (10%)

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, or a related technical field.
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience involving control theory AND one or more of the following areas: robotics, guidance algorithms, machine learning, path planning, state estimation, multi-agent systems, SLAM, or convex optimization.
  • Proficiency developing in MATLAB and Simulink software. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to collaborate as part of a team.
  • Ability to obtain a SECRET clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, or a related technical field.
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience involving control theory AND one or more of the areas listed above.
  • Experience proposing and leading applied research efforts.
  • Proficiency developing in MATLAB, Simulink, and C/C++. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to collaborate as part of a team.
  • Active SECRET clearance.