Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) Systems Engineer

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 5 months ago(9/27/2017 9:42 AM)
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The Vehicle and Human Systems Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) group at Draper is seeking a systems engineer with broad technical skills to work within multidisciplinary teams to conceptualize, develop, and/or assess robust GN&C solutions for vehicles (space, air, ground, underwater) and dismounted human systems operating GPS-denied environments.

A successful candidate will be:

  • Highly motivated to support the delivery of technology solutions that are of strategic importance to the nation
  • Dedicated to developing the in-depth mission and technology domain expertise that enable realization of such solutions for complex systems
  • Capable of planning and executing individual tasks on a multidisciplinary team as well as leading small teams as necessary

Tasking may include: identification of customer needs, requirements analysis and flow-down, system concept/architecture development (including analysis of alternatives), system design, interface definition/control, verification/test planning, development of systems engineering documentation, model development, vehicle and mission-level simulation development, performance assessment, documentation of analysis results, and presentation of results to both internal and external stake-holders.

The individual should be a highly motivated self-starter with willingness to learn and participate in an exciting team environment under the supervision of a senior engineer. The opportunity to work as part of team developing a state-of-the-art GN&C system will provide exposure to a wide range of advanced technologies, including inertial sensors, precision electronics, and advanced algorithms and will enable significant growth opportunities for a motivated individual.



Applicants must have the following key qualifications:

  • An M.S. degree or higher in an engineering discipline or a B.S. degree with 3+ years of relevant professional experience
  • Candidates should have demonstrated experience and sound knowledge in core technologies (GN&C, aerodynamics, actuation systems, electronics, embedded software) as well as practical systems engineering skills required to integrate these core technical disciplines
  • Extensive experience in system modeling and dynamic simulation development
  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to articulate complex technical ideas

Any of the following additional qualifications are desirable:

  • Experience specifically with vehicles (space, air, ground, underwater) and dismounted human systems
  • Experience with GPS-denied navigation concepts and solution development
  • Experience in simulation experiment design and analysis of complex system-of-systems
  • Experience in the design of integrated hardware/software systems
  • Experience with systems engineering for defense systems
  • Prior practical experience using SysML
  • Experience with DOORS and/or requirements traceability


Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance.


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