Draper Missile GNC Analyst/Systems Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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The Strategic Weapon Systems group at Draper is seeking a Missile GNC Analyst/System Engineer to work within multi-disciplinary teams to design and assess 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;
Model-based analysis of alternatives for GNC design concepts;
System performance simulation and analysis;
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:
A B.S. degree or higher in engineering or physics;
2+ years of professional experience in development of defense/space avionics;
Familiarity and/or proficiency in systems engineering practices for integrated hardware/software systems;
Practical experience with modeling of dynamical systems and simulation-based performance analysis;
Foundational knowledge and/or practical experience specifically with guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) technology development;
Strong presentation skills and the ability to articulate complex technical ideas.
Any of the following additional qualifications are highly desirable:
Domain experience with respect to strategic weapon systems, as defined above;
Experience with multi-objective optimization techniques;
Experience with digital design of experiments;
Familiarity with System Modeling Language (SysML);
Experience with model-based engineering (MBE) frameworks and integrated modeling tools such as ModelCenter or OpenMDAO.
Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
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