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$88,600 - $172,300
*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.
What Your Job Will Be Like:
We are seeking a Navigation, Guidance and Control (NGC) Engineer who will design, prototype, and validate next generation hypersonic flight algorithms while developing advanced 6-DOF hypersonic flight simulation capability. The common hypersonic simulation framework is continuously anchored to reality based on experimental flight tests and is used to drive a rapid algorithm-in-the-loop variant for performance assessments and a real-time variant for robustness testing of actual hypersonic flight software running on a flight computer!
The selected candidate will contribute to a high-fidelity 6-DOF simulation and develop new autonomous flight algorithms for hypersonic strike applications with over a decade of successful flight test pedigree. The baseline NGC flight software product for our nation's leading hypersonic programs, developed by NGC staff, requires integration & testing of next generation sensors and algorithms using advanced modeling and simulation capability for upcoming flight tests. Efforts will focus on dynamic system modeling, simulation architecture design, and algorithm development.
The research & development culture encourages the team to contribute to all areas of design, development, and test and truly own their meaningful contributions to these flight programs. This person will also collaborate with sister NGC organizations who focus on low-to-mid Technology Readiness Level (TRL) technologies. These organizations are managed as a team and the unified goal is to mature NGC technologies from concepts to an integrated flight system solution.
On any given day, one may be called upon to:
Derive equations of motion for rigid-body and multi-body dynamic systems
Design and develop new simulation models for emerging technologies enabling advanced hypersonic boost-glide capability
Apply dynamics expertise to verify simulation component and system model functionality
Design, implement, test, and tune new algorithms for navigation, guidance, and control of flight systems
Analyze and assess flight system NGC performance characteristics
Contribute to simulation architecture design and development
Participate in qualification of hypersonic flight software to achieve total confidence for flight test activities
Coordinate and collaborate with external program partners to meet program-level objectives and achievements
Periodic travel may be required to support system-level integration testing and flight test activities. Trip durations can range from a few days to several weeks, depending on assigned roles and responsibilities. Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.
Qualifications We Require:
Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a relevant field
Experience using MATLAB and/or Simulink
The ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance
Qualifications We Desire:
Advanced degree (PhD) in one of the above fields
Experience applying various attitude parameter sets, transformations, and attitude kinematics
Experience using analytical methods to derive of equations of motion
Working knowledge of flight mechanics (aerodynamics, lift, drag, roll/pitch/yaw)
Experience with the following:
Deriving and simulating differential equations for aerospace systems
Navigation sensors, such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers
Implementing estimation techniques such as the extended Kalman filter
Designing, implementing, and tuning various types of feedback controllers
Control system analysis
Actuation systems such as Thrust Vector Control (TVC) and cold-gas Attitude Control System (ACS)
Multi-body and Flexible-body dynamics
C/C++ and Object-Oriented Programming
Possess a strong dedication to positive teaming dynamic, strong written and verbal skills, and detail oriented
An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret
About Our Team:
The Navigation, Guidance, & Control (NGC) Department (05442) develops and delivers integrated, system-level NGC solutions for the hypersonic strike domain space, enabled by embedded software development and test for real-time applications. Our multi-disciplinary team establishes confidence in our software products through high fidelity six degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) dynamic modeling & simulation (MODSIM), Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), Software-in-the-Loop (SWIL) testing, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) testing, and integrated system testing. We work closely with sister departments to mature emerging NGC technologies and verify weapon system integration compatibility. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, we team with industry throughout the development cycle which ultimately culminates in high consequence flight test demonstrations. We take pride in our reputation for delivering robust, high-performance hypersonic flight control solutions for our sponsors and a responsibility for transitioning this next-generation technology to industry to enable an operational hypersonic strike capability for the warfighter.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:
Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.
Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.
If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.
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Job ID: 689735
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