Systems Engineer
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc
 Cambridge, MA

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    6 months ago(4/11/2019 11:20 AM)

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    Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

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    The Strategic Systems Engineering & Analysis group at Draper is seeking a Systems Engineer with broad technical skills to work within multidisciplinary teams to conceptualize, develop, analyze, and assess robust solutions for a strategic system involving inertial navigation.

    A successful candidate will be:

    • Highly motivated to support the delivery of technology solutions that are of strategic importance to the nation

    • Dedicated to developing the in-depth mission and technology domain expertise that enable realization of such solutions for complex systems

    • Capable of planning and executing individual tasks on a multidisciplinary team, as well as leading small teams as necessary

    Tasking depends on current customer needs, and may include any of the following: identification of customer needs, development of use cases, requirements analysis and flow-down, system concept/architecture development (including analysis of alternatives), system design, interface definition/control, verification/test planning, development of systems engineering documentation, model development, vehicle and mission-level simulation development, performance assessment, documentation of analysis results, and presentation of results to both internal and external customers/ stake-holders.

    The candidate should be a highly motivated self-starter with willingness to learn and participate in an exciting team environment. The opportunity to work as part of team developing a state-of-the-art GN&C system will provide exposure to a wide range of advanced technologies, including inertial sensors, precision electronics, and advanced algorithms and will enable significant growth opportunities for a motivated individual.


    Applicants must have the following key qualifications:

    • An M.S. degree or higher in areas of: Aero/Astro, Mechanical, Electrical, or equivalent engineering discipline or a B.S. degree with 15+ years of relevant professional experience

    • Candidates should have demonstrated experience and sound knowledge in technologies relevant to Strategic Systems, for example: Systems Engineering, GN&C, Aerospace applications, sensors, as well as practical systems engineering skills required to integrate core technologies

    • Strong presentation skills and the ability to articulate complex technical ideas to a broad audience

    Any of the following additional qualifications are desirable:

    • Experience leading technical teams

    • Experience with Strategic Systems

    • Experience with Guidance, Navigation, and Control areas

    • Systems engineering experience with integrated hardware/software systems in the defense industry

    • Working knowledge of Matlab, Simulink or equivalent

    • Working knowledge of SysML, DOORS and/or requirements traceability software

    Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance.

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