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Draper Principal Hardware Design 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

In this position you will work closely with multi-disciplinary teams designing, developing, and verifying electronics for state-of-the-art sensors and actuators used in a wide array of applications. These projects are executed with a heavy emphasis on high performance, low size, weight, and power consumption. As a senior member of the Instrumentation, Analog, & Power Electronics Group you will help shape hardware architectures and lead electronics development activities by applying sound engineering and project management principles.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics and 7+ years of experience in the design and development of analog and mixed signal circuitry and systems.

  • 6+ years of experience in design, integration, and/or testing of sensors (preferably inertial) and sensor systems.

  • Schematic capture and printed circuit board layout experience.

  • Ability to perform circuit simulation using Spice or variants.

  • System modeling and analysis experience using MATLAB, Simulink, or other comparable tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering or Physics.

  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: low-noise electronics, analog-digital conversion, methods of synchronous detection, analog and digital signal processing, phase-locked loops, motor control and drive circuits.

  • Microelectronics development experience in Cadence Virtuoso.

  • Experience with component selection and design of electronic hardware for space and/or hostile radiation environments.

  • Experience in design for harsh physical and electromagnetic environments as embodied in military standards such as MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-810, etc.

  • Knowledge of system grounding/shielding and EMI mitigation techniques.

  • Experience working with discrete semiconductor devices, such as: MOSFETs, IGBTs, BJTs, JFETs, diodes, etc.

Security Requirement:

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



ID: 2023-7581

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc