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Draper Embedded Software 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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

We seek applicants who are highly experienced in the areas of:

  • Embedded software development on ARM processors, low power microcontrollers, C/C++, RTOS, embedded Linux

  • Hardware interfaces and driver development

  • Communication protocols such as I2C, BLE, SPI, Serial, USB, TCP/IP and Wi-Fi

  • CI/CD process with automation tools

  • Docker, unit and system testing framework

  • C#, Java or Android development experience is an added plus

  • Open source software with emphasis on modularity, extensibility and reuse

  • Thorough understanding of the product development and engineering project management process

  • Compilers, make files, linker scripts, in-circuit emulators, JTAG debuggers, and laboratory test equipment such as logical analyzers and oscilloscopes

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

  • Demonstrated success in technical decision making in a matrix environment

The candidate will work with Draper’s Embedded Software Group with the focus on low-power sensor systems, multi-processor complex embedded software systems. Domain includes imaging, GPS, cellular,

Guidance, navigation, control and mapping systems. The selected candidate will work in a small team to map customer needs into a software solution using a combination of custom, commercial and open source software.

An ability to work with customers to define requirements and implement them efficiently is required.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

  • 3+ years experience in software development.

  • U.S Citizenship is a pre-requisite

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance. U.S Citizenship is a pre-requisite.

ID: 2020-4801

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc