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Draper Principal GN&C Analyst - Control Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

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This position will be located in Draper Cambridge, MA office. The candidate will be responsible for analyzing and designing control algorithms and flight software for atmospheric vehicles and other systems. Autonomous vehicle control designs will be required employing nonlinear dynamic inversion, observer-based inferred air data covering subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic portions of the flight envelope. Analysis will include assessment of closed loop performance, verification of algorithms and algorithm requirements, and analysis of flight dynamics and trajectory dispersions. The candidate will use time domain simulations, covariance-based methods, and Monte Carlo dispersed analysis to assess and tune system performance and to document analysis results.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent

  • 15+ years working on control design for flight vehicles

  • Strong background in dynamics, control, and linear analysis of aircraft, spacecraft, and missile closed loop performance (inner and outer loop).

  • Familiarity with the following languages and tools: MATLAB and Simulink.

  • Knowledge of GN&C algorithm techniques and simulation modeling techniques for atmospheric and/or space vehicles.

  • Detailed knowledge of and experience in modern control design and analysis techniques

  • Security Requirement:

  • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance. Government security clearance requires proof of US citizenship.

ID: 2021-5124

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc