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Northrop Grumman Principal GNC Systems Engineer in Linthicum, Maryland

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments, Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We're looking for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we'll support yours of expanding your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop Grumman, you'll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

We are seeking an engineering professional with academic experience in navigation, guidance and control or aerodynamic systems to develop systems for air vehicle applications.

GNC engineers are responsible for all requirements, trade studies, algorithm designs and performance analyses required to develop Northrop Grumman products that navigate and guide successfully. The scope of work includes aerodynamic analyses, wind tunnel testing and model development; flight control system design and analysis; servo and control actuation system design and analysis; strap down and GPS aided navigation system design and analysis; target state estimation; midcourse and terminal guidance optimization as well as system performance analysis.

J ob Description : The Senior Systems Engineer is responsible for conducting guidance, navigation, air vehicle, control system, embedded software and performance analysis.

  • Guidance Tasks: include guidance law development, state estimation, sensor fusion, trajectory shaping and miss distance performance optimization.

  • Air Vehicle Design Tasks: include aerodynamics/stability and control, kinematics and propulsion system trade studies including computational fluid dynamics analysis, wind tunnel testing and aerodynamic model development.

  • Navigation Tasks: include system trade studies, component modeling of inertial measurement units (IMU) and global positioning systems (GPS), as well as simulation of navigation algorithms particularly Kalman filters.

  • Control System Tasks: include autopilot and control actuation system.

  • Embedded Software and Engagement Simulations: includes real-time GNC algorithm development for system products. Performance analysis includes model development, system optimization and Monte Carlo assessments with expected system disturbances.

Key Responsibilities / Functions:

  • Development of Guidance Algorithms

  • Coding of Guidance Algorithms in Higher Order Computer Languages

  • Development of Aerodynamic Models to include support to Wind Tunnel testing

  • Development of Simulation Kinematics Models

  • Analysis of performance both in simulation and flight test


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM discipline such as Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or other related technical curriculum with 4 years of related experience (see job description) or 2+ years with a Master's Degree, 0 years with a PhD.

  • Practical experience with control systems, state estimation and guidance laws

  • Active DoD Secret Clearance or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of system engineering design methods including requirements analysis and flowdown, specification derivation and interface control documentation

  • Autopilot design including linear systems, nonlinear systems, adaptive control, Lyaponov theory, robust control, and sliding mode control

  • Performance analysis by simulation including verification and validation techniques

  • Optimal guidance theory, trajectory shaping, estimation theory, analysis of random processes, non-linear Kalman filters, particle filters

  • Knowledge of inertial navigation and vehicle state estimation algorithms including Kalman filtering form integration of GPS/GNSS receivers with MEMS inertial measuring units

  • Airborne RADAR systems including RF signal processing and tracking algorithms

  • Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision

  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior leadership and other engineering disciplines

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Job Category : Engineering