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Draper Senior Human 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.

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The Human Systems and Visualization Group is seeking a Senior Human Systems Engineer to develop first-of-a-kind innovative solutions and deliver technical products to meet our customers' toughest challenges. You will be responsible for ensuring human system engineering requirements are accounted for in all phases of the systems engineering life cycle, from requirements development through evaluation of combined human-system performance. You will work with teams spanning multiple engineering disciplines to determine the state of the possible and deliver innovative and effective solutions for projects sponsored by the US Government and commercial customers as well as Internal R&D projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters, or Ph.D. degree in Human Factors Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Behavior Sciences, Cognitive Science, or a related field

  • Minimum of 3 – 8 years of related work experience (depending on degree)

  • Critical thinking skills for framing, analyzing, and synthesizing complex problems, qualitatively and quantitatively

  • Demonstrated ability to work with subject matter experts from other disciplines (including software architecture, autonomous vehicles, integrated sensor systems, SWIL/HWIL simulation, ML/AI) to solve complex problems

  • Excited to research, evaluate, and apply emerging technology (e.g., AR/VR, autonomy, complex systems modeling)

  • Ability to communicate data-based insights and design decisions to interdisciplinary engineering teams and business stakeholders

  • Highly motivated, self-starter with willingness to learn and participate in a team environment

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience leading or contributing to early system lifecycle design efforts, including conceptual design, requirements development, decision modelling, and/or tradeoff analyses

  • Demonstrated capability to plan, design, and conduct metrics-based human system evaluations and technology assessments with users using both qualitative and quantitative research methods

  • Mastery of statistics, interview coding, process charting, and systems modeling

  • Interest and/or experience in writing proposals, particularly for government customers

  • Experience with model-based engineering processes and formal systems modelling tools and processes (e.g. SysML)

  • Prior military experience a plus

Security Requirement:

  • Current in scope Top Secret security clearance with SCI eligibility is required.

ID: 2020-4569

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc