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Northrop Grumman Associate Engineer, Guidance Navigation Control in Gilbert, Arizona

Northrop Grumman's Innovation Systems is seeking a motivated candidate that will fill the position of Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) engineer. A spacecraft GNC engineer is responsible for contributing to the design, analysis, and testing of the GNC subsystem for the space vehicle. A spacecraft GNC engineer will work within the GNC subsystem team and under the supervision of the GNC subsystem lead. A spacecraft GNC engineer is expected to:

  • Design, analyze, and tune spacecraft attitude and position control loops using time and frequency domain techniques

  • Design, analyze, and tune sequential filters (e.g. Kalman filters) for attitude determination and relative navigation

  • Analyze and test the spacecraft GNC subsystem performance using simulations and other analytic tools

  • Implement GNC algorithms in flight software and support flight software qualification testing

  • Perform analysis to support early design phase concept development including actuator sizing and placement, sensor selection and placement, and predicted performance assessments

  • Develop simulation models for sensors (e.g. star tracker, rate gyro, accelerometer, GPS, magnetometer, sun sensors), actuators (e.g. reaction wheel, torque bar, thruster, CMG), system dynamics (e.g. rigid body, multi-body, orbit mechanics, flexible models), and the space environment (e.g. atmospheric, solar radiation pressure, third-body gravity, geopotential)

  • Apply engineering principles, industry standards, company process, and knowledge of vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, classical/modern control, and estimation theory to perform tasks to advanced program/project goals

  • Document designs, analysis, and test results and create presentation materials

  • Present designs, analysis, and test results to internal and external customers

  • Work well within small- to medium-sized groups



Basic Qualifications:

A candidate, regardless of age and hiring source, must meet ALL of the below criteria. The candidate must:

• Be completing or has completed their degree Master's from an accredited institution.

• Be majoring in or having majored in a STEM degree

• Have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher (unofficial academic transcripts must be provided at time of application by uploading the documents to your application or profile)

• Be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite)

Preferred Qualifications

•MS or PhD degree in engineering, physics, or math

•Minimum overall GPA of 3.25

•Proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink and C/C+•Experience in spacecraft GNC subsystem design, analysis, and testing

•Experience implementing GNC algorithms on embedded systems

•Current Top Secret/SCI Clearance preferred

•Prior internship or research experience in related field

•Proficiency in Microsoft office suite

•Previous/current membership or leadership roles in professional groups, clubs, or extracurricular activities is desired

•Good Analysis and problem solving abilities .

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Job Category : Engineering