Senior GNC Engineer

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Delivering hardware to space. Positioning satellites on orbit.

Dawn Aerospace is recruiting a Senior Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Engineer to join our Mk-II spaceplane development team in the Netherlands. This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to an exciting, fast-growing company in the aerospace industry and develop world-leading technology.

You will be involved in the development of simulation tools, design of GNC algorithms, stability and robustness analyses of the spaceplane, and much more. Interaction with other subsystem engineers is essential for the spaceplane programme. Furthermore, you will regularly participate in flight test debriefs and utilise data obtained from our flight test campaigns in New Zealand. Your knowledge in the design and analysis of GNC algorithms will contribute to bringing Dawn’s young and dynamic GNC team to the next level. In the future, the role will give the possibility to contribute to Dawn’s overall strategy and roadmap for future technology development (Mk-III and beyond).


  • Define GNC system design requirements
  • Define GNC system AIV requirements
  • Define and develop the vehicle GNC system architecture
  • Develop GNC algorithms
  • Coordinate and perform GNC system performance analysis
  • Coordinate and perform GNC system sensitivity and robustness analysis


  • 8+ years relevant experience
  • Extensive experience in the design and implementation of control algorithms for supersonic vehicles (supersonic aircraft, staged launch vehicles, re-entry vehicles)
  • Extensive experience in the design and implementation of navigation algorithms (sensor fusion, Kalman filters, smoothers, interacting multiple model algorithms)
  • Experience with system identification of aerial vehicles
  • Experience with validation of GNC systems
  • Proficiency in C/C++, Python, MATLAB/Simulink

Nice to have

  • Hands-on experience with programming and testing embedded systems
  • Knowledge of DO-178 and DO-254 standards
  • Knowledge of robust control design methods
  • Exposure to Linux in a development environment
  • Exposure to Git best practices

Tagged as: Matlab, python, C++, simulink, do-17

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