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Principal GNC Engineer

Principal GNC Engineer

Req No. 
2017-3084
Job Locations 
US-CA-Long Beach
Category 
Engineering
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Classification 
Exempt

More information about this job

Who we are

At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.

 

Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as Principal Engineer of Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC/GN&C). If you join us in this position, you will assist in leading the integration, test and verification activities of GNC team for the LauncherOne small satellite launch program. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Provide technical guidance and project leadership in GNC requirements, analysis, verification and test
  • Assist in system level GNC architecture and advanced concepts
  • Develop processes and tools to facilitate efficient GNC software integration and test
  • Lead or provide guidance for GNC trade studies including hardware selection and algorithm architecture
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • Provide technical guidance and project leadership in GNC requirements, analysis, verification and test
  • Assist in system level GNC architecture and advanced concepts
  • Develop processes and tools to facilitate efficient GNC software integration and test
  • Lead or provide guidance for GNC trade studies including hardware selection and algorithm architecture
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 10lbs (unassisted)

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in relative field
  • 5+ years of experience in leading a team of GNC engineers in a manager, project or technical capacity
  • Experience in an airborne system in GNC analysis or algorithm design and implementation
  • Expertise in at least one GNC analysis area or sensor
  • Strong background in prototype testing, preferably for a rocket or airborne system
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

ITAR Requirements

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 ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

 

Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

Search all of our job openings www.VirginOrbit.com

 

Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit 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.

 

 

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