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Draper Navigation Algorithms Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,700 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 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.

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Design and analyze navigation algorithms for aerospace vehicles operating in a variety of applications from hypersonics to commercial space. This position offers an opportunity to join the Precision Navigation Group whose expertise stretches back to Apollo. The group supports the full life cycle of flight programs, including requirements definition, algorithm development and analysis, flight software deployment, flight test support, and post-processing. This position is located in Cambridge, MA.

M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent

Strong background in dynamics and control, linear systems, calculus, and estimation theory

Project-based work using Kalman filters desired

Proficiency in MATLAB and Simulink

Familiarity with GPS and inertial navigation systems desired but not required

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

ID: 2020-4738

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc