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Draper Missile Avionics System Architect 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

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The Strategic Weapon Systems group at Draper is seeking a Missile Avionics System Architect to work within multi-disciplinary teams to architect next-generation weapon system concepts for the war fighter. This role will be of high interest to applicants that desire to participate in the conceptualization and development of new US military capabilities in strategic mission domains, as well as the enabling guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) subsystem technology. Relevant mission domains may include: global strike and/or strategic deterrent systems, missile defense systems, space systems, precision guided munitions, and autonomous air/sea vehicles.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Identification of customer mission needs and development of use cases;

  • Avionics requirement development;

  • Avionics concept/architecture development, including analysis of alternatives;

  • Avionics design development, including electronic component evaluation, selection, and environmental testing;

  • Modeling of radiation effects and integrated system performance assessment;

  • Presentation of analysis results to both internal and external stake-holders;

  • Development of systems engineering, design, and analysis artifacts/documentation;

  • Supervision of junior engineers.

A successful candidate will be motivated to build deeper expertise in both the core mission domain and underlying GNC/avionics technology. Working in a dynamic team environment developing state-of-the-art weapon/GN&C systems will provide exposure to a wide range of advanced technologies (including inertial sensors, imagers, precision electronics, and advanced algorithms) as well as afford opportunities for increased leadership/impact on the development of new war-fighter capability.

Applicants must have the following key qualifications:

  • An M.S. degree or higher in engineering or physics;

  • 5+ years of professional experience in development of defense/space avionics;

  • Proficiency in systems engineering for integrated hardware/software systems;

  • Strong foundational knowledge of electronics and electronic component technology;

  • Practical experience with modeling of dynamical systems and simulation-based performance analysis;

  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to articulate complex technical ideas.

Any of the following additional qualifications are highly desirable:

  • Proficiency in System Modeling Language (SysML);

  • Experience with model-based engineering (MBE) frameworks and integrated modeling tools such as ModelCenter or OpenMDAO;

  • Knowledge of radiation environments;

  • Knowledge of radiation effects on electronic components;

  • Proficiency with respect to radiation-hardened avionics architectures and design techniques for integrated hardware/software systems, including circumvention & recovery, shielding, etc.;

  • Foundational knowledge and/or practical experience specifically with guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) technology development.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

ID: 2019-4403

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc

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