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Draper Radiation-Hardened Avionics System Architect 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 GNC System Architecture group at Draper is seeking a Radiation-Hardened Avionics System Architect to work within multi-disciplinary teams to architect and/or evaluate robust next-generation weapon system concepts for the war fighter, including (but not limited to) advanced strategic weapon systems and enabling guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) subsystem technology.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Identification of customer mission needs and development of use cases;

  • Radiation-transport analyses and trades of radiation environmental requirements;

  • Radiation-hardened avionics system concept/architecture development, including analysis of alternatives;

  • Avionics design development, including electronic component evaluation, selection, and environmental testing;

  • Modeling of radiation effects and integrated system performance assessment;

  • Presentation of analysis results to both internal and external stake-holders;

  • Development of systems engineering, design, and analysis documentation.

The individual should be a highly motivated self-starter with willingness to learn and participate in a dynamic team environment while supervising junior and senior engineers. The opportunity to work as part of team developing a state-of-the-art GN&C system will provide exposure to a wide range of advanced technologies, including inertial sensors, precision electronics, and advanced algorithms.

Applicants must have the following key qualifications:

  • An M.S. degree or higher in engineering or physics;

  • 5+ years of professional experience in development of defense/space avionics;

  • Strong foundational knowledge of electronics and electronic component technology;

  • Knowledge of radiation environments;

  • Knowledge of radiation effects on electronic components;

  • Proficiency with respect to radiation-hardened avionics architectures and design techniques for integrated hardware/software systems, including circumvention & recovery, shielding, etc.;

  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to articulate complex technical ideas.

Any of the following additional qualifications are highly desirable:

  • Prior experience in the domain of strategic weapon systems is preferred;

  • Foundational knowledge and/or practical experience specifically with guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) technology development;

  • Practical experience with modeling of dynamical systems and simulation-based performance analysis;

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

ID: 2020-5007

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc