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Draper Model-Based Systems 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

The Draper System Modeling and Assurance Division is seeking a self-motivated, multi-disciplined engineer to develop models and perform analysis of system behavior, in line with our model-based systems engineering capability. You will join a team designing innovative, first-of-a-kind complex systems that integrate advanced technologies in order to solve challenging national problems while satisfying requirements and maximizing stakeholder value. To effectively address these challenges, the ideal candidate would have the ability to become knowledgeable in various problem domains, identify relevant modeling and analysis techniques, develop or integrate multi-domain quantitative models and present results that support system-level analysis, performance trade-offs, and decision-making.

The position encompasses analytical, physics-based modeling as well as system-level architectural modeling. Typical job duties may range across designing, developing, and maintaining models and infrastructure for design, validation, and assessment of complex systems. In addition, the candidate will work as a leader of a cross-functional engineering team to work with and mentor others to address challenges of customers in military, space, intelligence, and commercial applications.

Communications and interpersonal skills are highly valued in this role. The ability to communicate technical concepts effectively with customers, engineers, managers, and other stakeholders of all relevant disciplines is a must. Flexibility to multi-task and adapt to evolving priorities will be required. We value continuous learning and professional growth. Include a cover letter to describe your particular interest in this position.


  • Minimum of a Masters in Engineering, Physics, or Science in a technically relevant field

  • 10 or more years of experience using model-based engineering processes and tools

  • Demonstrated expertise in simulation analysis

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance.


Experience with any of the following is relevant, but not required, for consideration for this position:

  • Expertise with Matlab and Simulink

  • Technical leadership, including technical decision oversight and team performance to budget and schedule

  • Experience modeling or analyzing DoD weapons, navigation, or communications systems

  • Experience with both Linux and Windows-based systems

  • Software engineering experience with one or more of: C/C++, Java, Perl, or FORTRAN

ID: 2019-4355

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc