Astrobotic is hiring a

GNC Research Engineer – R&D

Pittsburgh, United States

Astrobotic is going to the Moon and will rely on state-of-the-art technologies to do so. Our space robotics research and development team is seeking a GNC Research Engineer with expertise in guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) to join our effort to develop these technologies and push the boundaries of what is possible in space.

The GNC Research Engineer will design, implement, and test core algorithms for Astrobotic’s autonomous precision landing and hazard avoidance subsystems and integrate them with the spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control architecture. Astrobotic is engineering the hardware and software that will safely guide spacecraft to the Moon (and beyond) and land them with unprecedented precision and control, enabling a broad range of high-impact science and commercial missions. This role is instrumental in accomplishing our mission and will help develop these solutions, ensure their correctness, and insist that our navigation system is capable of more than its individual components.

Applicants should have a general knowledge of robotics with specific knowledge of one or more related topics including: software engineering, perception, state estimation, guidance, navigation and control, real-time control, simulation, LiDAR processing, or computer vision.

Our R&D team is highly collaborative and each member has a high degree of freedom, responsibility, and expectations. We build solutions to challenging technical problems with the goal of making space more accessible to the world. The team has received more than 30 NASA contracts to date, and has current NASA and commercial contracts in autonomous precision landing, mobile robotics, multi-rover exploration, planetary drones, and high-performance computing.

Must be a U.S. person (citizen or permanent resident). Applicants with a strong work ethic and demonstrated ability to learn on the job are required.



  • Software development of robotic state estimation, guidance, and control systems
  • Development and tracking of flight requirements for sensor systems
  • Working closely with other subject matter experts at NASA, university groups, and commercial clients
  • Communicating with internal and external clients and the research community
  • Contributing to novel research and research proposals


  • Experience with guidance, navigation, and control for aerial or space systems
  • Knowledge of fundamental robotics mathematics and algorithms
  • Experience with software design and implementation
  • Ability to work autonomously, learn on the fly, and take initiative in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in communication and technical writing
  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Robotics, or a related quantitative field
  • U.S. person status


  • Experience with C/C++, python, and version control software
  • Experience with Monte Carlo methodology and experimentation
  • Experience with Image-Aided Navigation and Kalman Filtering
  • Experience with sensor processing for IMUs, Cameras, or LiDAR
  • Experience with robotics applications such as GPS-denied navigation, localization, SLAM, nonlinear optimization, kalman filtering, or state estimation with factor graphs
  • Experience with computer vision
  • Experience with unmanned aerial systems
  • Experience with robotics simulation environments
Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to [email protected]

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