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Draper Group Leader–Embedded and Comm Systems 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

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The National Security and Space System Engineering Division is seeking a Group Leader to lead our Embedded and Comm Systems group. The division is focused on developing the system architecture, concept of operations, customer needs, requirements, and verification and validation for a number of application areas including: space systems, navigation systems, autonomous systems, embedded systems, and communication systems. In addition, the division provides system security engineering to deliver robust systems that protect against cyber, reverse engineering, and supply chain threats.

The Embedded and Comm Systems group is focused on embedded and communication platforms that comprise of: microprocessors, FPGAs, sensors, RF devices, and communication capabilities. Often times these platforms leverage advanced packaging capabilities to fabricate miniaturized systems. The group consists of 15+ Technical Staff members and students with broad systems engineering expertise across multiple domains.

The Group Leader is the first-level of engineering management and requires the ability to apply sound engineering and management principles for technical hands-on leadership. Specific responsibilities include working with the Division Leader to: a) support the career development, growth, and project assignments of the Group’s engineering staff; b) develop the Group’s technical vision and capabilities; c) assist in the oversight of project execution within the group. In addition to the Group Leader responsibilities, the candidate will be a direct contributor to projects and business development activities. The successful candidate must be a self-starter, capable of achieving organizational and programmatic objectives, and must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Demonstrated skills in leadership, innovation, creativity and collaboration are a must.

Regarding the technical aspects of the position, the selected candidate will collaborate with other staff members to develop new concepts and applications in embedded platforms and communication systems. The candidate is expected to provide mentorship to peers and junior staff members. Participation in interdisciplinary projects will be a key part of this role.

Additional technical responsibilities include the following—

  • Lead the architecture, design, fabrication, and testing of novel embedded and communication systems

  • Mature experimental technology into components and products that can be fielded

  • Troubleshoot and debug issues during development, integration, and test

  • Lead the development of group capabilities through technical expertise

  • Peer review project concepts and execution, and contribute to proposals


  • BS / MS or equivalent degree(s) in a technically relevant engineering field with 7+ years of both direct “hands-on” work in advanced technologies and effective leadership, in both formal and informal roles


  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the development of novel designs, project execution, team leadership, troubleshooting, and data analysis for embedded and communication systems

  • Proficiency with System Architectures, Concept Development, Trade study/Analysis of Alternatives techniques, Integration and Test, Requirements Analysis and Development

  • The ability to communicate technical concepts effectively with customers, engineers, managers, and other stakeholders of all relevant disciplines is a must. Flexibility to multi-task and adapt to evolving priorities will be required.

  • Experience in writing innovative R&D proposals to commercial and government sponsors is a plus.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance.

ID: 2021-5061

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc