Senior Technical Staff – Navigation Systems

Position ID: MCL-GNC21051201

Posting Date: May 12, 2021

Location: Houston, TX

Mclaurin Aerospace is currently seeking an exceptionally qualified candidate to fill a Senior Technical Staff vacancy in the area of space vehicle navigation. Mclaurin Aerospace Technical Staff provide critical expertise to government sponsors supporting programs of national significance. Current needs include supporting NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the development of navigation algorithms/systems for NASA projects including Orion, Gateway, and Human Landing Systems (HLS).


GN&C Technical Staff provide industry-leading technical expertise to government and prime contractor sponsors, and perform simulations, analyses, and designs, often working with representatives of multiple disciplines to optimize GN&C integration across diverse elements and vehicles while supporting an integrated program and/or mission goal.  Tasks include:

  • Design, develop, and integrate navigation systems into the integrated GN&C system for NASA spacecraft.
  • Perform analysis and testing in an integrated GN&C environment.
  • Provide oversight of the design and functionality of commercial partner’s navigation systems.
  • Formally document the results of all design and analysis activities.

A minimum of an MS or equivalent in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related technical discipline is required. Typical requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D. or an MS with 2 or more years of relevant experience. Academic research and teaching experience may be considered in lieu of industry experience. Candidates having the equivalent of a Ph.D. and greater than ten years of relevant experience may qualify as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and will be given special consideration.

Proof of U.S. citizenship is required and candidates will be subject to a background check and security screening.


Candidates must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with the customer and other participants through regular engagement in task team meetings, technical interchange meetings, and program reviews. Experience with Microsoft Office products is also required. Candidates with supporting experience in optical navigation, orbital rendezvous, linear covariance analysis, or crewed spacecraft operations are highly desirable.

Mclaurin is a unique organization with a special focus on combining the best features of research and industry in order to foster innovation. Our organization strongly supports research, publication, and engagement with the academic community. We encourage our employees to remain on the cutting edge of new developments in their respective disciplines. Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, and if applicable, a list of relevant publications and research using the contact form below.

US Citizenship and the ability to pass a comprehensive security background investigation is required.

Mclaurin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.