Guidance Navigation and Control Engineer (Software Emphasis)
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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The Company
Work to advance the course of human history and pave the way to Mars.

SpaceX is a US based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species.

"SpaceX is like Special Forces… we do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that are absurdly ambitious by any reasonable standard, but we're going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect of the future of humanity and life itself."

– Elon Musk

If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking out insanely challenging projects under tight schedules, and want to work with a remarkable organization pushing the envelope of human exploration, then you will want to be part of the SpaceX legacy.

We are actively seeking the brightest minds from all industries and technologies to continue building our world class team. Please visit spacex.com for additional information.

The Job

Responsibilities:
This position is a combination of responsibilities. We want someone capable of acting as a Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer within the core group while also assisting in the design, development, and management of Guidance, Navigation, and Control Analysis and Test Tools and Software. This includes:

Developing web interfaces for our GNC tools

Performing server configuration, deployment, and management

Development of 6DOF launch vehicle and spacecraft dynamics simulators using C++

Software verification via testing with flight-software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop

Design and analysis of Guidance, Navigation and Control algorithms

Mission design and mission sequencing including fault management and contingency operations

Required Skills and Experience:
Masters or PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Physics or similar area of focus is required; must have strong first principles knowledge of classical dynamics, orbital mechanics, linear control theory, and general aerospace knowledge

Must be highly proficient in Python, C++, and/or Matlab

Must have experience with Linux-based computing environments and be capable of configuring and deploying servers

Demonstrated project experience in Launch Vehicles or Spacecraft Systems

Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team

Good communication skills and ability to work effectively with others

Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight

Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere

Preferred Skills and Experience:
Experience with high-performance computing clusters (HPC)

Experience with Latex, jQuery, HTML, and CSS

Experience with management of large data-sets and the application of algorithms

SpaceX offers one of the best environments in the world for employees to learn, build real working systems and tackle exciting challenges every day. We operate in a fun, casual work environment and have great benefits including: competitive salary, stock options, medical/dental insurance and free gym memberships. By joining the SpaceX team, you are not just a part of history, you are making it.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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