GNC Systems Engineer

  • GNC Systems Engineer

    Deadline for applications 27/09/2019

    For our client, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are looking for a GNC Systems Engineer for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their Guidance, Navigation Control Section.

Job overview

The European Space Agency is ATGs biggest client. They are an international organisation with 22 member states with sites in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, UK and Belgium. ESA is Europes gateway to Space!

For our client, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are looking for a GNC Systems Engineer for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their Guidance, Navigation Control Section.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Support to the ESTEC GNC Section for the development of space transportation GNC systems. This comprises, flight vehicles ranging from Expandable Launchers, Reusable Launch Vehicles RLVs as well as Ascenders and Landers for Exploration applications;
  • Specific tasks address the multi-disciplinary/physics and high-fidelity End to End vehicle dynamics modelling with implementation in 6DoF simulation environments (Matlab, Simulink, DSpace);
  • The candidate must have a track record in the design of classical space transportation GNC systems including Thrust Vector Control/Attitude Control Systems;
  • Mastering of advanced multivariable GNC design and verification approaches for the stability and performance robustness analysis is a prerequisite;
  • Daily support and independent expert analyses shall be provided to the development of ongoing and future ascender and descender systems including micro-launchers, re-entry systems, re-usable VTVL Systems in atmospheric and orbital flight on current ESA Simulation and Verification Platforms;
  • Specific GNC design tasks shall include detailed flight mechanics, environment, aero-dynamics, structures, propulsion, actuator and sensor system modelling;
  • The post holder shall perform system sizing, requirements capture, architecture conception, advanced GNC design as well as performance and SW validation analyses;
  • Support shall be given to the conception of new Mission Vehicle and Flight Management (MVMS) Systems towards incremental Flight Autonomy;
  • The MVMS architectures shall include Advanced Monitoring and Reconfiguration Systems (FDIR) as well as state-of the art Flight SW based on Robust Adaptable Control Real-Time Optimised Guidance Strategies;
  • New efficient validation Advanced Analysis Tools must be mastered to drastically improve the gaps and shortcomings of current validation approaches;
  • The post holder shall provide regular Technical Reporting of the GNC Design and Analysis as well as contribute in the preparation and execution of project and technology studies reviews.


  • PhD or Master Degree in Control and Aerospace engineering from a recognized Institution of secondary studies or equivalent;
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  • Proven experience in the design, tuning, analysis and simulation of GNC systems in different project phases;
  • Proven knowledge of modern control design methods, commercial model-based design tools (MATLAB);
  • Experience with rapid-prototyping of hardware-in-the-loop systems;
  • Ability to interface with industry.

What do we offer

ATG Europe offers excellent working conditions and provides you with all the necessary means to further your career. We believe that training and education, combined with regular assessments and a personal development plan, will create the best environment for growth. If needed we also assist you with settling in your new home or finding the right school for your children. ATG will help in any way it can, including a relocation budget that is applicable for ATG staff as well as employees working at one of our clients.

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