Applied Physics Laboratory Guidance and Controls Engineer in Laurel, Maryland

Position Description

Job Summary: Guidance and Control (G&C;) Analyst, assisting in the design, development, and/or operational data analysis of various Earth orbiting and/or interplanetary spacecraft. Focus is on attitude determination, guidance, and control of spacecraft. This work will support both pre-launch spacecraft development and post-launch performance analysis and system updates. Support could include either civil space and national security space mission areas.


  1. Perform G&C; analysis. These could include frequency domain analyses, stability and jitter analysis, attitude estimation, and/or control authority.

  2. Develop G&C; analysis tools.

  3. Matlab / Simulink algorithm development or implementation.

  4. Write reports and/or publish results.


Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering or related area.

  • Previous experience in either design, analysis, or development of a complex aerospace system.

  • Programming experience in analytical and numerical computing software, such as Matlab Simulink.

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering or related field.

  • At least 5 years of experience in the aerospace engineering industry or related area.

  • Previous spacecraft mission experience in either design, analysis, development, testing, or operations.

  • Experience with Extended Kalman Filters, Frequency Domain Analyses, or Stability and Jitter Analyses.

Special Working Conditions:Position may require occasional travel to support flight system testing, meetings at contractor facilities, or engineering conferences to present published work.

Security:Applicant may be subject to a government security clearance investigation and meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

*Benefits: *APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

*Equal Employment Opportunity: *Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Primary Location: United States-Maryland-*Laurel

Schedule: Full-time

Req ID: 15086