Lead Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer (Navigation Emphasis)

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Anduril Industries is a defense technology company with a mission to transform U.S. and allied military capabilities with advanced technology. By bringing the expertise, technology, and business model of the 21st century’s most innovative companies to the defense industry, Anduril is changing how military systems are designed, built and sold. Anduril’s family of systems is powered by Lattice OS, an AI-powered operating system that turns thousands of data streams into a realtime, 3D command and control center. As the world enters an era of strategic competition, Anduril is committed to bringing cutting-edge autonomy, AI, computer vision, sensor fusion, and networking technology to the military in months, not years.

Anduril seeking a skilled Navigation Engineer with strong experience in covariance analysis and a deep understanding of aerospace navigation principles. Expertise in robotics-focused pose localization techniques is a significant advantage. This role emphasizes the design and implementation of Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) while leveraging sensor fusion algorithms and pose estimation methods for precise navigation of aerospace vehicles.
The ideal candidate will be a proven technical leader who can influence our organization to make the right decisions, demonstrate customer empathy, build trust with partners, mentor teammates, and transform culture within the team.

  • Analyze mission requirements and constraints across the Anduril product portfolio to determine optimal navigation system architecture
  • Lead an Anduril-wide navigation and estimation community of practice.
  • Lead our navigation strategy, roadmap and solution architecture
  • Driving evaluation and integration of advanced alternative navigation aiding sources
  • Design, develop, integrate and test inertial navigation systems (INS) for aerospace vehicles (UAS, spacecraft, missiles, etc.)
  • Develop algorithms for navigation, guidance, and control systems, including extended Kalman filters and other estimation methods using various programming languages
  • Develop advanced sensor fusion algorithms leveraging INS, GNSS, cameras, LiDAR, and other sensors for highly precise navigation in complex aerospace environments.
  • Apply covariance analysis techniques to optimize navigation system performance, error modeling, and system uncertainty assessments, and early requirements derivation.
  • Adapt and apply real-time pose localization algorithms from robotics to enhance the accuracy and robustness of aerospace vehicle navigation where applicable (desired).
  • Architect and improve calibration procedures for sensor suites used in aerospace navigation systems.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to integrate navigation solutions into overall flight systems.
  • Conduct rigorous simulation and testing for validation of navigation algorithms and systems performance.
  • Leverage and build on Anduril's advanced simulation and GNC infrastructure
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest developments and research in aerospace navigation technologies.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • 8 or more years of experience in Guidance, Navigation & Control engineering or related technical experience
  • Strong knowledge of navigation principles, including inertial navigation, GPS, and star trackers
  • Experience with navigation system design, development and testing on aerospace systems
  • Deep expertise in Kalman filtering, Extended Kalman filtering, and other estimation techniques.
  • Experience with real-time systems and embedded software development is a plus.
  • Knowledge of sensor fusion and data integration techniques
  • Demonstrated expertise in covariance analysis methodologies and transfer alignment techniques.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • General knowledge of guidance and flight control systems
  • Experience applying covariance analysis techniques to optimize navigation system performance, error modeling, and system uncertainty assessments, and requirements methods
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain eligibility for access to a U.S. Top Secret material.
  • Autonomous ground or undersea vehicle navigation experience
  • Adapt and apply real-time pose localization algorithms from robotics to enhance the accuracy and robustness of vehicle navigation where applicable.
  • Current eligibility at the Top Secret level preferred
  • Competitive base salary + premium benefits + equity (final salary will be based on a number of factors including, level, relevant prior experience, skills and expertise)
  • Flexible Time off Policy and Company-wide Holidays (including a winter break)
  • Premium Health Insurance options including Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Retirement; 401k offering
  • 16 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Family planning: We’re proud to offer comprehensive family planning support. Fertility planning and treatment, adoption support, gestational carrier support and fertility preservation are all included.
  • Unlimited Provisions: From breakfast to dinner, our kitchen team has you covered with healthy meals and snacks at every office.
  • Relocation assistance


Anduril has been selected as one of two vendors to move forward on the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) program for the Air Force's flagship autonomous aircraft program. During the next phase, Anduril will design, manufacture, and test production-representative CCAs. We are honored to be part of the program as a non-traditional defense company and are seeking highly motivated engineers to join us in the rapid development of a new, revolutionary aircraft.

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US Salary Range
$196,000$294,000 USD

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors, inclusive of base salary only. Actual salary offer may vary based on (but not limited to) work experience, education and/or training, critical skills, and/or business considerations. Highly competitive equity grants are included in the majority of full time offers; and are considered part of Anduril's total compensation package. Additionally, Anduril offers top-tier benefits for full-time employees, including:

  • Platinum Healthcare Benefits: For U.S. roles, we offer top tier platinum coverage (medical, dental, vision) that are 100% covered by Anduril for you and 90% covered for your dependents.
    • For UK roles, Private Medical Insurance (PMI): Anduril will cover the full cost of the insurance premium for an employee and dependents.
    • For AUS roles, Private health plan through Bupa: Coverage is fully subsidized by Anduril.
  • Basic Life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance 100% covered by Anduril, plus the option to purchase additional life insurance for you and your dependents.
  • Extremely generous company holiday calendar including a holiday hiatus in December, and highly competitive PTO plans.
  • 16 weeks of paid Caregiver & Wellness Leave to care for a family member, bond with your baby, or tend to your own medical condition.
  • Family Planning & Parenting Support: Fertility (eg, IVF, preservation), adoption, and gestational carrier coverage with additional benefits and resources to provide support from planning to parenting.
  • Mental Health Resources: We provide free mental health resources 24/7 including therapy, life coaching, and more. Additional work-life services, such as free legal and financial support, available to you as well.
  • A professional development stipend is available to all Andurilians.
  • Daily Meals and Provisions: For many of our offices this means breakfast, lunch and fully stocked micro-kitchens.
  • Company-funded commuter benefits available based on your region.
  • Relocation assistance (depending on role eligibility).
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan - both a traditional and Roth 401(k). (US roles only)

The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process.

Anduril is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The Anduril team is made up of incredibly talented and unique individuals, who together are disrupting industry norms by creating new paths towards the future of defense technology. All qualified applicants will be treated with respect and receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, uniform service, Veteran status, age, or any other protected characteristic per federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the CA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We actively encourage members of recognized minorities, women, Veterans, and those with disabilities to apply, and we work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants throughout the interview process. If you are someone passionate about working on problems that have a real-world impact, we'd love to hear from you!

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