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GNC Software Engineer II - Launch Systems

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

Qualified candidates will have experience with the following:

  • Design and development of GNC Software, particularly:
    • 6DOF simulator development and validation.
    • Flight software including core GNC algorithms.
    • Auto-sequence design, implementation and verification.
    • Unit tests and software integration tests.
    • Data processing and automated generation of reports.
    • Other new software products that may be initiated.
  • Develop, review and approve software requirements.
  • Monte-Carlo, pre-flight, launch-day and post-flight analysis.
  • Vehicle parameter modelling/prediction and/or configuration control.
  • Review software merge requests and ensure all new GNC Software meets our internal software standard.
  • Identify and implement process improvements to aid the efficiency of the GNC Team.

Launch and HITL operations.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D. in Electronics, Software, Mechatronics or Aerospace Engineering
  • 3+ years’ experience developing in C/C++ including some embedded or high reliability development
  • 3+ years’ experience developing in Python or MATLAB
  • A good theoretical and/or practical understanding of rigid body dynamics
  • Experience with flight simulator or flight software development for UAV’s, rockets or spacecraft
  • Understanding of orbital mechanics and/or closed-loop control systems
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build strong working relationships

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Experience with Git version control
  • Experience working in a continuous integration environment
  • Experience with Simulink
  • Experience working within an Agile/Scrum based workflow

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground-breaking technology
  • An employee stock purchase program
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit and snacks
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross
  • Additional parental leave entitlements
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations fromthe U.S Department of State.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.

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