GNC/AOCS Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • Good level of English, spoken and written. Availability to travel and spend time collocated in different DEIMOS branches.

Company Details

DEIMOS was founded in 2001 and currently employs over 400 persons over five countries. DEIMOS is a satellite operator and provider of end-to-end space systems including Earth Observation and with leading roles in Space Transportation, Active Debris Removal, Space Surveillance, Exploration, EDL, etc. The company capabilities include mission definition and systems engineering; developing ground, space and user segment; integration and overall validation, launch and operations, commercial exploitation, etc.

DEIMOS is selecting one engineer to be integrated in the GNC/AOCS Competence Centre of the Flight Systems Business Unit, to support new growth areas in Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC), and in Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS). The work of the GNC/AOCS Competence Centre is oriented to the design, development, specification, and validation of GNC and AOCS systems for a broad range of aerospace and aeronautical platforms.

As a matter of reference, DEIMOS’ activities cover:

  • Satellite formation flying, rendezvous, and active debris removal (ADR)
  • Entry, descent, and landing on planets (Earth, Mars) & natural satellites
  • Launch vehicles
  • Planetary exploration and observation
  • Interplanetary Navigation
  • Unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs, UGVs)

Main Duties:

The following types of responsibilities are envisioned:

  • Specification, design, implementation, and validation of Attitude and Orbit Control Systems, at the different phases of a mission
  • Specification and procurement of sensors and actuators for AOCS
  • Specification, design, implementation, and validation of GNC algorithms, to be applied to satellites, launchers, and re-entry vehicles, among others



  • A recognized engineering degree (Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical, Electronic) or a related degree (e.g. Physics)


Postgraduate studies (MSc or PhD) with a focus on aeronautical/aerospace engineering and providing a solid background in at least two of the following:

  • Orbital mechanics
  • Classical control techniques
  • Multivariable robust control techniques
  • Navigation techniques
  • Flight operations
  • Basic atmospheric flight dynamics

Professional Experience:


  • No professional experience required


  • Engineer with at least 3 years of experience in the practical application of the domains relevant to the post (relevant MSc & PhD studies would also be considered)

The position will be tailored to the level of experience and additional industrial experience would be viewed very positively.

Technical Requirements:


The following capabilities are required for the post:

  • Solid theoretical background in GNC/AOCS
  • Practical experience in aeronautical/aerospace GNC/AOCS solutions (experience in ESA/European programmes is welcome)
  • Good programming skills
  • Experience with Matlab and Simulink


The following capabilities are desired for the post:

  • Experience in flight operations in ESA/European programmes
  • Background on multivariable robust control
  • Experience on atmospheric flight



  • Good level of English, spoken and written

Personal Skills:

  • Capability to integrate in and work within a team
  • Self-initiative
  • Autonomy and self-development
  • Responsibility towards the customer and colleagues
  • Availability to travel and spend time collocated in different DEIMOS branches


Tagged as: Matlab, flight operations, simulink, atmospheric flight, gnc/aocs, aeronautical/aerospace, esa/european programmes, multivariable robust control

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