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  • Job reference: RMS0172556

AOCS/GNC Engineer

  • Sector: Engineering
  • Location: Stevenage
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 26/10/2016
  • Duration: 6 months
The Company:
makes the freedom of flight possible by designing, manufacturing and supporting the world’s best aircraft. Its people around the globe are united by a passion for aviation, as well as their desire to create better, more efficient ways for airlines and passengers to fly.

The Role:
A AOCS/GNC (Attitude and Orbital Control System/Guidance, Navigation and Control) engineer is required to join a team of analysts to work on current and future space missions. The job is a stimulating blend of learning and technical work and the successful candidate will gain extensive experience in the design and analysis of space mission GNC, for both small studies and large projects.

The department provides the AOCS/GNC engineering analysis and support to a number of large ESA projects, including Solar Orbiter (observing the Sun’s heliosphere and solar wind), LISA Pathfinder (paving the way for the LISA mission by testing in space the very concept of gravitational wave detection), PLATO (a mission to detect Exoplanets) and ExoMars Rover (a mission to land and operate an autonomous rover vehicle on Mars).

The job profile requires a candidate with an excellent numerate degree and preferably a second degree in an aerospace related discipline. Undergraduate or postgraduate experience in the aerospace field, or qualifications with aerospace, or control engineering, or orbital mechanics content would be desirable. Experience in the use of Matlab and Simulink, mathematical modelling and computer simulations would again be beneficial.

The initial duties and responsibilities are to support the AOCS/GNC analysis team on projects and studies whilst gaining effective on-the-job training in spacecraft guidance, navigation and control. As the experience and skills of the candidate increase over time, they will become an important part of the team, developing into a reliable, self-sufficient GNC engineer.
Some of the tasks performed within the group are spacecraft control engineering, navigation and guidance; simulator development; mathematical modelling and algorithm development.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
o Good degree or equivalent in a numerate discipline.
o General computer literacy, including MS Office.
o Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
o The ability to interact comfortably within a team environment.
o Matlab and Simulink.
o High-level computer languages (which includes Matlab).

Desirable Skills / Qualifications:
o Degree with control engineering content.
o Degree with orbital mechanics content.
o Higher degree with some relevance to the aerospace industry.
o Mathematical modelling
o Computer simulations
o Control Engineering
o Space industry
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