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Team Lead GNC



Madrid, Spain
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Destinus is an aerospace technology company founded under the belief that in the future distance shouldn’t matter at all. We are therefore building the near-space vehicle and the associated infrastructure. Moving at the border of Space, our hydrogen-powered vehicles are ten times faster than conventional aircrafts, providing the just-in-time backbone for logistics, e-commerce, and supply chain companies who can’t wait. We define a new class of fast: our mission is to bring instantly your stuff at the other part of the world – and we mean it literally.


An exciting opportunity to work as a team lead GNC solutions in an aerospace technology company. You will have the opportunity to lead a team of passionate GNC engineers and to contribute yourself in GNC design and development activities. Working with cross-functional teams, you will contribute to Research and Development of guidance and navigation control system then on their deployment on final UAV products.

Define the Control Laws and Algorithm Architecture for the on-board automation systems including Flight Controls System, Navigation System.

  • Identifying possible failure modes and defining robust contingency Control Laws to maintain safe flight
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, system engineers, mechanical, electrical, software, to plan, design, develop and integrate GNC solutions into UAV.
  • Defining and running computer simulations for the platforms. (e.g. Matlab & Simulink).
  • Work Package Management of a defined scope: actively driving the project work forwards to achieve the agreed deliverables on time and to budget.
  • Ensuring integration of the GNC algorithms with the embedded system and executing validation testing.


  • Bachelor’s of Postgraduate degree in one of the following: GNC Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Software Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • 3+ years industry or postgraduate experience in GNC Engineering
  • Strong applied math foundations; ability to derive algorithms related to guidance, navigation and control (GNC)
  • Experience in linear and non-linear feedback control system design
  • Experience with Kalman filtering
  • Experience with sensor fusion algorithms
  • Experience with simulation development
  • Experience in C development for embedded systems
  • Experience with version control systems like Git, enabling effective collaboration and code management.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, crucial for algorithm development and data analysis.
  • Good communication skills, enabling effective collaboration and being able to manage a teams of 2-3 GNC engineers .
  • Fluent English Speaker


Destinus is an equal opportunity employer: we value diversity in our companies and our teams. We do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, colour, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability status