SLAM and Navigation Engineer

Job Description

Applied Technology Associates (ATA) is seeking a SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) and Navigation Engineer in support to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Advanced Technology (SVAT) contract. ATA is supporting AFRL in a variety of areas related to the design and flight of space vehicles. One of those areas is in the application and implementation of SLAM-based and multi-target tracking algorithms for the guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) for spacecraft. ATA is looking for qualified candidates who are interested in working within a small, agile, innovative team supporting Air Force projects and who share a strong desire to create a work environment that is highly collaborative, rewarding, and fun. The successful candidate will serve as an engineer within AFRL/ATA’s GNC team and contribute to a collection of projects to help with the development of SLAM, navigation, and multi-target tracking algorithms and their implementation in a variety of programming languages. Current projects include support to three different laboratories for the purposes of raising the technology readiness levels (TRLs) of GNC algorithms and software. The projects focus on the development and implementation of navigation algorithms and SLAM techniques for rendezvous and proximity operations of one spacecraft around another and from robotic assembly of spacecraft while on orbit. The laboratories emulate many aspects of spacecraft flight providing real-time testbeds and verification and validation platforms for GNC and related algorithms and software. We work in a heavily MATLAB-based environment, using MATLAB for modelling, simulation, testing, data analysis, and algorithm development and Simulink for the majority of our flight code development.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Develop and apply SLAM-based algorithms for spacecraft navigation

  • - Develop and apply algorithms for spacecraft inertial and relative navigation

  • - Develop simulations for verification and validation of algorithms

  • - Develop simulations for testing and benchmarking algorithms and implementations

  • - Establish and apply algorithm performance metrics

  • - Represent ATA well with our customers

  • - Perform all other duties as assigned

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • - Ethical conduct

  • - Strong attention to detail

  • - Strategic thinking

  • - Organizational skills

  • - Self-starter

  • - Self-organizing

  • - Ability to quickly grasp new concepts and processes

  • - Great written and oral communication skills

  • - Requires minimum oversight

  • - Excellent time management skills

  • - Commitment to completing the mission even when it is not convenient

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are nominally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be required.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • - Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science from an accredited program

  • - U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • - Experience implementing SLAM-based and navigation algorithms

  • - Experience with advanced estimation algorithms

  • - Experience with multi-target tracking algorithms

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • - Ph.D. in Engineering or Computer Science from an accredited program

  • - Active security clearance

  • - Dissertation in applications and implementations of SLAM or multi-target tracking

  • - Background in spacecraft dynamics and/or guidance, navigation, and control

  • - Experience programming in C/C++

  • - Experience with revision control systems such as Git

Primary Location: 

Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM

Relocation Available: 


ATA is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20190218.

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