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Job #: R-00023882
Location: Eglin Air Force Base, FL
Category: Aerospace Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Electronic Warfare Division has an opening for a GNC (Guidance, Navigation, and Control) Engineer. 

Leidos is looking for an early or mid-career level engineer with a GNC background to support our growing work with the Air Force Research Lab at Eglin, FL.  This is a technical engineering position to develop autopilots for advanced missiles with redundant control systems.  Analysis of missile performance versus existing air-to-air missiles will also be conducted, and the development of flight control software will be supported.  You will have the opportunity to work directly with the US Air Force on the development of an advanced air-to-air weapon system.   

Be part of a close knit team and be mentored by world class experts.  The Leidos Aerophysics group operates in a small team environment where individual creativity is rewarded and continuous learning is the norm.  Our engineers typically work directly with Air Force personnel and regularly interact with contracting teams from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, etc. The Destin-Fort Walton Beach-Niceville area is home to world famous beaches and a relaxed ‘salt-life’ lifestyle.  

Apply your prior experience in developing control systems and autopilots to create an autopilot to enable a next generation air-to-air missile.  Use your ability to perform 6-DOF simulations to compare the performance of this missile to that of missiles already in inventory.  Utilize standard metrics of missile performance to communicate the benefits of this missile to Air Force stakeholders.  After successfully demonstrating performance in the lab, move to the next step of generating flight control software to support flight tests.

Required Experience Level:   Entry level candidates should have 2-3 years’ experience in industry or a Master’s in a relevant field.  These candidates would be expected to be able to develop autopilots and perform 6-DOF analysis with minimal supervision. Candidates should also be able to grasp the big picture and make decisions about how to proceed with development and testing with minimal oversight.  Successful candidates are expected to have experience working in a laboratory environment and with significant MATLAB experience.  Candidates with missile or aircraft GNC experience will be given preference.

Communication Skills:  Successful candidates should be able to effectively communicate with Leidos aerodynamics, airframe, and guidance and control personnel, and interact daily with customers, team members and end users.   Must develop a clear understanding of customer goals and objectives and shape work activities to satisfy them.   Must present both verbal and written status on a regular basis, and prepare manuscripts for publication at technical conferences and for professional journals.     

Engineering Skills:  Recent and relevant experience with the following disciplines is required: 
•    Autopilots/Control Systems – the design and development of autopilots for missiles or aircraft
•    MATLAB – demonstrated experience in developing MATLAB based control architectures
•    SWIL/HWIL testing – prior experience in proving out control software using SWIL or HWIL testing

Education:  Early career level requires accredited Engineering Degree plus 2-3 years’ experience in industry or a MS in a relevant field.  

Clearance:  Must be a U.S. Citizen with active Secret clearance.  

Desired Knowledge
Desired Skills: Preferred candidates will have recent and relevant skills with the following:
•    6-DOF simulation environments and the evaluation of missiles and/or aircraft
•    Scripting – the use of Python or other scripting languages to perform large numbers of simulations
•    Familiarity and the ability to apply metrics such as NEZ, F-Pole, and other air-to-air combat metrics
•    Labview – strong skills in developing object oriented code in the Labview environment to control systems and to acquire data


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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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