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GN&C Engineer III - Blue Ring



Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

The role is part of the In-Space Systems Business Unit, which is focused on addressing two of the most compelling challenges in spaceflight today: space infrastructure and increasing mobility on-orbit. We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

As a Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) Engineer, you will directly contribute to the design, development, implementation and testing of Blue Ring GN&C subsystem. In a fast-paced dynamic environment, you will work closely with other GNC engineers to prototype new algorithms, perform analysis, implement GN&C Flight Software in a Model Based Development environment and work across subsystem boundaries to support integration and test activities.

Special Mentions

  • Relocation provided
  • Travel expected up to 10% of the time
  • Active TS or TS/SCI Clearance Strongly Desired
  • Interviews will include a technical assessment

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead and take ownership of complex GN&C analysis, design and development tasks
  • Provide technical guidance to junior engineers and analysts
  • Contribute to the development of long-term strategies for improving GN&C system performance and capabilities
  • Participate in the review and evaluation of existing GN&C algorithms, identifying potential areas for improvement or optimization
  • Collaborate on the implementation of the software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop testing, on-vehicle functional testing and flight-testing for multiple vehicles
  • Help troubleshoot GN&C performance anomalies in a 6DOF environment as well as in Hardware-in-Loop (HIL) facilities
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders, such as systems engineers, software developers and project managers to integrate GN&C subsystem into overall vehicle designs and missions

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum 7 years of experience related to working GN&C for satellite/spacecraft applications
  • B.S. in Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical, Physics, Systems Engineering or related technical subject area.
  • Direct experience synthesizing and prototyping new algorithms
  • Experience with analytical and scripting tools: Matlab, LabView, Python, C++
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast paced, dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to perform data analysis using monte-carlo techniques and reduction and present technical information in a clear and compelling visual format.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. and/or PhD in Aerospace, Electrical, Physics, Systems Engineering or related technical subject area
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, standards and technical requirements.
  • Experience developing GNC Flight Software using Matlab/Simulink autocode
  • Direct experience setting up or troubleshooting GN&C performance issues in hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) or software-in-the-loop (SIL) testbeds
  • Experience in verification, validation and test of embedded software and hardware systems for flight critical applications.

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $136,800-$191,520

Compensation range for on site CO applicants is $125,400-$175,560

Other site ranges may differ

  • Existing TS or TS/SCI clearance to support National Security customers

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.

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