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Draper Senior Structural Analyst 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

Draper is seeking a senior structural analyst to contribute to the design and development of novel solutions to customer driven problems spanning the following areas:

  • Ruggedized miniature electro-mechanical systems

  • Systems for harsh environments (e.g. high-g, high temperature, high vibration)

  • Robotics and autonomous systems

  • Bio-compatible mechanical systems

Draper’s development efforts in these areas span the development cycle from initial system conceptualization through build and testing of prototype hardware. The ideal candidate must have an interest in designing and fabricating first-of-a-kind electro-mechanical systems that may also include fluidic, aerodynamic, or micromechanical elements. Candidates must be capable of working on dynamic, complex problems as part of cross-functional teams with engineers from other disciplines.

Tasks depend on program priorities, however desired skills include:

  • Analytical modeling and finite element analysis of complex electro-mechanical systems from a structural survivability standpoint, including static, shock, and vibration environments

  • Ability to provide insight and suggest design modifications based on analysis outcomes

  • Ability to effectively communicate results to both expert and non-expert team members and management

Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Science degree in a relevant field such as mechanical engineering, materials science, or aerospace engineering

  • 7+ years of relevant work experience showing demonstrated program success

  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis packages, specifically ANSYS and/or Nastran

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with 3D CAD, specifically SolidWorks or Creo

  • Experience with machine shop tools and processes

  • Experience with considerations for manufacturability, proper drawing creation, and tolerancing

  • Experience with fabrication and assembly of prototypes and proof-of-concept models

Security Clearance:

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

ID: 2020-4884

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc