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Draper Principal Hardware Sensor Development 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

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Draper Laboratory is seeking talented and motivated individuals to tackle challenging engineering problems. As a Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for conceiving solutions for new hardware sensor concepts and integration of communication signals with applications to complex systems for various environments. You will design special communications capabilities for a wide diversity of applications and support strategic business development. You will work in a fast-paced environment, collaborating in multi-disciplinary teams with opportunities to learn, grow and contribute to a variety of projects in this area.

Applicants should possess solid skills designing novel communication signals with experience on rapid prototyping. They should also have deep understanding of wireless communications fundamentals and RF theory, and be able to formulate new waveforms to meet the needs of special communications systems. Applicants will assist in the design, development, modeling & simulation, implementation, and evaluation, of communication signals for transmission, as well as their optimal receiver.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Experience integrating communication and sensor signals with hardware (e.g. transceivers, amplifiers, filters, ADCs, etc.)

  • Understand RF channels for different applications and environments

  • Specify architecture and requirements of special communication systems based on application

  • Developing and implementing digital signal processing algorithms for comms systems

  • Designing and implementing Software Defined Radio (SDR) based solutions

  • Modeling and simulating components of a communication system

  • Performing laboratory experiments and evaluating fieldable prototypes of comms systems

  • Support business development, write proposals, white papers, and technical documents

  • Deliver technical presentations to internal and external customers

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD+2 or MS+6, Electrical Engineering or similar

  • High level knowledge architecting communication signals and protocols at the PHY and MAC layers, as well as signal processing concepts for communications, detection & estimation theory

  • Proven track record designing waveforms for various applications and environments

  • Strong background in wireless communications and deep understanding of RF theory

  • High level expertise with modeling and simulation tools (e.g. MATLAB)

  • High level expertise with C++ and Python

  • Ability to work on fast paced projects, guiding quick-turn experiments and rapid prototyping

  • Proven successful proposal writing

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience implementing fieldable prototypes and doing their testing and validation

  • Experience leading special communications systems design

  • Experience implementing fieldable prototypes and doing field testing

  • Experience with programming and prototyping Software Defined Radios (SDRs)

Security Requirements:

  • Active Secret security clearance and ability to acquire Top Secret Level

** Draper has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all Draper employees. This will be a condition of employment to work at Draper.



ID: 2022-5936

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc