For immediate placement, we are currently looking for a Research scientist in modeling and control for flying vehicles (m/f/x) to work in our scientific group GNC “Guidage, Navigation, Contrôle”.


Field of activity

The group is responsible for the development of system analysis tools and guidance, navigation and control algorithms for guided munitions. The GNC group has many relations with universities, giving access to post-graduate teaching opportunities and the ability to prepare and defend the Habilitation to Conduct Research (HDR).

The main mission of the position is to conduct the studies on guidance and control of gun-fired flying vehicles from modeling and system identification to experimental validation.


Your new tasks and responsibilities - challenging and future-oriented:

  • Coordinating and executing the research activities in cooperation with internal and external partners
  • Literature watch on suitable control methods
  • Application of modeling and system identification methodologies to flying vehicles and their subsystems (actuators, sensors, aerodynamics)
  • Conduct wind-tunnel experiments and/or flight tests for data collection and control law validation
  • Embrace and extend existing models and control laws, design new control laws for innovative concepts
  • Maintain and update Matlab/Simulink-based tools for control
  • Implement and validate control laws through ISL simulators and experimental means
  • In the more general GNC framework, the candidate will be involved in multidisciplinary projects, for which his modeling and control expertise will be leveraged 
  • Dissemination of scientific work in peer-reviewed conferences and journals
  • Supervision of engineers, PhD students and interns


Your qualifications – solid and appropriate:

  • Master's degree or equivalent and a PhD in automatic control, signal processing, aerospace engineering, system identification or related.
  • Knowledge in the following fields is required:
    - Linear, optimal and robust/H-infinity automatic control
    - Flight mechanics and modeling of aerospace vehicles
    - System identification for control
    - Solid experience with the Matlab/Simulink environment
    - Knowledge of AI methods would be a benefit
  • A first experience involving the application of control methods to complex systems including experimental validations and/or aerospace system identification (based on wind-tunnel or flight data measurements) is strongly desirable.
  • Ideally, the candidate would have experience in:
    - guidance of flight vehicle
    - RC model airplane/quadcopter construction and flying
  • Excellent in English; German and French nice to have


Our offer:

  • Five-year-fixed-term contract with possibility of renewal
  • Attractive remuneration, flexible working time and balanced working-private life
  • An international and modern working environment with about 400 colleagues
  • Career development opportunities

If this challenging description fits your profile, we are looking forward to receiving your complete application (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae in tabular form, school certificates, university degrees with detailed examinations, work references and other relevant documents), mentioning the following keyword: “GNC-S”.  


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Published on 16march 2022

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