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Sensor System Development Engineer

    Cambridge, MA

Full Time


Draper is seeking a multi-disciplinary engineer to design, develop, and deliver hardware for state-of-the-art sensor systems. This technical role is a terrific opportunity for applicants that are familiar with electronic circuits, programming, and signal processing and analysis. Key responsibilities span the research and development of physical sensor systems, including the design and fabrication of complex sensor electronics, execution of sensor system testing with programmable laboratory instrumentation, and  integration of sensors and electronics into a functional, deployable system. Additional responsibilities may include embedded microprocessor programming and FPGA development. The candidate must be able to communicate clearly, manage concurrent development tasks, as well as contribute their technical knowledge to proposals and whitepapers that solve critical problems of national importance.


  • At least a B.S. in electrical engineering or a related field is required
  • Able to analyze and simulate mixed-signal circuits and systems using tools such as LTspice/MATLAB and capture designs in a CAD package (Altium, Mentor Graphics, Visio, etc.)
  • Experience programming in Python, MATLAB, or C/C++, using APIs, and writing re-usable code to measure, analyze and process sensor data
  • Comfortable configuring scientific and engineering laboratory equipment
  • Can figure out how to integrate disparate electrical interfaces and mechanical assemblies
  • Familiar with (or willing to use) project management tools/concepts (Kanban, Trello, etc.)
  • Capable of managing and communicating complex assembly and fabrication requirements with internal groups and external vendors

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

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

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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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Meet Draper

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 www.draper.com.

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 www.draper.com/careers.