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Draper Missile and Guidance Control 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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Draper is seeking a skilled, motivated, detail-oriented guidance and control engineer to support the design, development and analysis of advanced guidance and control algorithms as well as the development and testing of G&C models for missiles. The design and analysis tasks call for a wide-ranging suite of G&C design and analysis techniques such as classical, optimal, robust and/or adaptive control methods; analytic and numerical controller analysis and verification tools; and model- & optimization-based techniques such dynamic inversion and pseudo-spectral methods for trajectory design. Analysis tasks will include assessments of closed-loop system performance, development and verification of algorithms and algorithm requirements, and analysis of flight dynamics. The candidate should be familiar with the development and use of time domain as well as frequency domain analysis and linear covariance methods.

Responsibilities will include analyzing, developing, and testing GN&C algorithms, implementing algorithms in Simulink, writing simulation software in various languages, developing and executing simulations and other tools for analysis, writing algorithm descriptions and analysis reports and developing missile GN&C models and documentation, and gaining in-depth knowledge of applicable platforms and sensors.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or Aero/Astro, or equivalent.

  • Familiarity with several of the following languages and tools - C/C++, MATLAB, and Simulink Knowledge of dynamics, GN&C design methodologies

  • Knowledge of optimization and Kalman filter techniques is preferred

Security Requirement:

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

ID: 2023-7256

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc