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Draper Jr. 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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Are you looking to join a team that develops innovative systems that integrate advanced technologies in order to solve challenging national problems, while satisfying requirements and maximizing stakeholder value? The Draper National Security and Space SE Division is seeking a self-motivated Systems Engineer to perform key systems engineering tasks in an model-based environment. This involves applying systems engineering concepts to develop models and simulations to aid in the design, assessment, and analysis of complex military, space, intelligence, and autonomous systems.

The ideal candidate will be capable of working and communicating effectively with team members from various engineering disciplines, program management, and customers.

  • BS degree in engineering (Aerospace, ME, EE), Physics, or other relevant technical field of study

  • 1+ years’ experience performing multiple SE tasks such as

  • stakeholder needs and use case analysis,

  • system architecting and conceptual design,

  • operational concept development,

  • requirements development, analysis, and management,

  • fault detection, isolation, and recover (FDIR) design,

  • V&V planning,

  • ICD development,

  • defining and managing technical (mass, power, error, etc.) budgets

  • risk management,

  • I&T planning and execution

  • Experience preparing and delivering presentations to customers, management, and technical personnel

  • Familiarity with INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook or other government or industry Systems Engineering standards

  • Experience in model-based systems engineering (MBSE) using SysML

  • Experience with the MagicDraw SysML modeling tool and related products (preferred), or other SysML modeling tools

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification or degree in SE

  • Certification in MBSE and/or SysML

  • Experience with Human Systems Engineering (HSE)

  • Experience with DOORS requirements management tool

  • Experience with software architecting and requirements development

  • Familiarity with trade space exploration methods and tools

  • Task planning experience including use of EVMS, schedule development, and cost estimation

  • Experience in developing models and simulations using Matlab and Simulink

  • Experience modeling, simulating, or analyzing systems in the following domains: DoD weapons, GN&C, communications, spacecraft, unmanned underwater vessels (UUV), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)


ID: 2023-7592

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc