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Draper Hardware Sensor 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 Laboratory is seeking talented and motivated individuals to tackle challenging engineering problems. As a Hardware Design Engineer, you will be responsible for the implementation and conception of novel hardware sensor solutions and integration of communication signals with applications to complex systems for various environments. You will design unique capabilities for a diverse set of applications in addition to supporting strategic business development. You will work in a fast-paced environment, collaborating in multi-disciplinary teams with opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute to a variety of projects in this area.

Applicants should possess solid skills designing novel sensor, communications, and/or measurement instrumentation with experience with rapid prototyping, testing, and implementation. They should also have a deep understanding of either optical sensing (focal plane arrays, optical systems, etc.) and/or wireless communications fundamentals and RF theory. Applicants will assist in the design, development, modeling and simulation, implementation, and evaluation, of optical and RF signals for transmission and reception.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Experience integrating communication and sensor signals with hardware (e.g. transceivers, amplifiers, filters, ADCs, etc.)

  • Design, test, integrate, and use sensors for the measurement of optical and/or RF signals

  • Understand optical and/or RF channels for different applications and environments

  • Specify architecture and requirements of special communication systems based on application

  • Modeling and simulating components of an optical or communications system

  • Perform laboratory experiments and evaluate fieldable prototypes

  • Support business development, write proposals, white papers, and technical documents

  • Deliver technical presentations to internal and external customers

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Physics, or similar

  • Expertise with designing, testing, and implementing optical and/or RF sensors

  • Sensor integration and testing background, preferably with experience working with prototypes and field testing

  • High-level expertise with modeling and simulation tools (e.g., MATLAB, SolidWorks, etc.)

  • High-level expertise with C++ and Python

  • Ability to work on fast paced projects, guiding quick-turnaround experiments and rapid prototyping

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience implementing fieldable prototypes and doing their testing and validation

  • Experience leading special communications systems design

  • Experience with programming and prototyping Software Defined Radios (SDRs)

Security Requirements:

  • Ability to acquire Top Secret Level clearance

** Draper has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all Draper employees. This will be a condition of employment to work at Draper.



ID: 2022-6311

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc