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Draper Electro-Acoustic Development Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

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Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

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Draper's Electro-Acoustic Sensors and Systems group specializes in developing PNT technology at the intersection of electronics and acoustics. As an Electro-Acoustic Development Engineer, your role will span the research and development of novel PNT sensors and systems, from architecture through design and delivery. You will directly contribute to and/or oversee a diverse set of tasks including electronics design, transducer modeling and control, embedded firmware development, signal processing and data analysis, laboratory test and experimentation, and fielding of deliverable systems. You will also contribute to the development of presentations, proposals and whitepapers that sustain and win customer business.

Electro-Acoustic Development Engineers are ultimately responsible for applying their domain expertise to develop sensors and systems that solve critical problems of national importance.

An M.S. in electrical engineering or related field with 1 to 5 years of work experience is required. The ideal candidate has a technology background in audio and/or acoustic applications, including the relevant hardware, software, and algorithms:

  • low-frequency transducers (accelerometers, microphones, hydrophones, voice-coil actuators, etc.)

  • electro-mechanical and electro-acoustic two-port models

  • linear and switching power amplification techniques

  • low-noise sensor interfacing and digitization

  • real-time signal processing and embedded computing

  • algorithm and control system design

  • system identification and feature extraction

  • Familiar with LTspice, MATLAB, Simulink, or other modeling tools

  • Familiar with KiCad, Visio, or other CAD tools

  • Familiar with Audio Precision, National Instruments, or Liquid Instruments measurement systems

  • Familiar with C, C++, Python, or other programming languages

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.



ID: 2023-7162

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc