Sandia National Laboratories R&D Flight/Pointing Controls Engineer-Synthetic Aperture Radar (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art concepts to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

We are seeking a Controls Engineer to develop, implement, and test controls algorithms to solve challenging pointing and flight controls problems. You will primarily work on the development and fielding of control systems for both surveillance and reconnaissance and strike applications. You will develop control solutions for multiple real-time systems integrated into Synthetic Aperture Radar products, and will participate in solving emerging challenges, including the problem of autopilot controls for advanced flight vehicles. The engineer will work with senior algorithm developers to meet customer needs in a collaborative environment.

Required:

  • You have an advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in electrical engineering, controls engineering, aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or equivalent training (Bachelors plus 4 years’ experience)
  • You possess a strong analytical background, either through work experience or formal education
  • Your background includes experience with one or more of the following relevant application and mission domains: control theory, estimation, navigation, dynamics, optimization, Kalman filtering or signal processing theory
  • You can obtain a required US DOE Q clearance

Desired:

Ideally, your background will also include working knowledge/experience with:

  • Control theory, including classical and modern controls, non-linear controls, and the application of those areas towards gimbaled pointing and/or aerial systems
  • Optimal estimation algorithms, such as Extended Kalman Filters, as applied to motion estimation or navigation
  • Object-oriented software development (C++/Java/Python)
  • Real-time embedded systems development
  • Matlab
  • Experience analyzing data off detection/sensor systems
  • Excellent teaming and communication skills

Department Description:

Sandia National Laboratories was voted by Forbes as the top large Aerospace and Defense employer in the United States for 2017. It was ranked #20 overall among all large companies. The Navigation, Pointing, and Controls (NPC) Department at Sandia supports a diverse set of customers and technologies and currently has opportunities available. The department specializes in gimbal pointing with micro-radian accuracy for airborne and space remote sensing, inertial navigation using inertial measurement units (IMUs) and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, ultra-accurate position and velocity measurements for synthetic aperture radars (SAR), modeling and simulation of space and earth based navigation and tracking systems, and a variety of controls problems. The department includes personnel with expertise in controls, navigation, guidance, estimation, Kalman filters, inertial devices, and many others. Some of the work areas include: Synthetic Aperture Radar aerial vehicle motion measurement and pointing controls, space systems high accuracy sensor pointing controls, hypersonic vehicle GNC algorithm development, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle GNC algorithm development, GPS-denied navigation, missile flight trajectory and attitude reconstruction, and HWIL/SWIL simulators.

About Sandia:

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 withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.