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Draper Position, Navigation & Timing Systems 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

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 system architect will work across Draper’s program and engineering organizations to conceptualize and develop novel Position, Navigation & Timing (PNT) technology. The position will be a technical leader for Draper’s strategy to engage sponsors, frame solutions, execute programs and transition technology that furthers the state of the art in Assured-PNT. A successful candidate will be a self-starting, strategic thinker with experience leading multi-disciplinary teams and complex technical programs.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics and 15+ years (10+ with Ph.D.) experience in the development of advanced technology for national security applications.

  • A current understanding of the DOD’s challenges, and solutions to, operating in contested environments without GPS.

  • Ability to create and present executive level documents and presentations to communicate holistic solutions to existing and future DOD mission requirements.

  • Demonstrated experience in setting organizational vision, developing technical strategies and executing on ensuing projects.

  • Strong ability to couple conceptual level thinking, creativity and resourcefulness with detailed project execution.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with technical peers in academia, national laboratories and industry to keep abreast of the state-of-the-art in PNT technology.

  • Willingness to travel to engage in customer discussion as well as industrial and academic forums.

  • Experience with the application of Model-Based Engineering approaches to trade space exploration and concept development.

  • Understanding of the DOD budgeting, solicitation and acquisition processes.

Security Requirement: Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.

ID: 2019-4436

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc