Sensor Modeling and Test Engineer

3 months ago
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The Sensor Integration and Test group in Draper’s Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) Systems Division is seeking a sensor modeling and test engineer to work within multidisciplinary technical teams to support the modeling, development, test and characterization, and performance analysis of ultra-precision sensors and instrumentation used in robust GN&C solutions for space, air, ground, and underwater systems.


A successful candidate will be:

  • Highly motivated to support the delivery of technology solutions that are of strategic importance to the nation
  • Dedicated to developing the in-depth mission and technology domain expertise that enable realization of such solutions for complex systems
  • Capable of planning and executing individual tasks on a multidisciplinary team as well as leading small teams as necessary


Tasking may include: develop performance models for navigation sensors; includes development of functional, control, statistical, and physics-based models. Collaborate with design, test and analysis teams to develop test plans and procedures that use environmental test facilities to characterize sensors and validate models. Develop algorithms and software tools for analyzing test and operational data; apply advanced statistics and processing methods for assessing and projecting sensor performance.


The candidate may be required to evaluate components and subsystems comprised of HW and SW elements to ensure their readiness for system-level integration and test.  Key job elements include problem identification and resolution, planning and execution of tests using dynamic test equipment including vibration tables, centrifuges, rate tables and thermal chambers, and communicating regular status reports to management. The ability to work in a team and succeed within a process-oriented setting is critical, as is the ability to thoroughly document and communicate one’s work to a technical audience.


BS in EE, ME, CE/CS or Physics is required, MS is preferred. Minimum five years of industry experience performing modeling and simulation, test development and execution, and/or system analysis.  The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and capable of working independently at a high technical level. Candidate may be expected to lead small teams or technical projects. Excellent communication, collaborative, and interpersonal skills are required; must be comfortable working in a laboratory environment complying with processes and procedures.  The ability to document designs, simulations and test results for distribution, and present to a technical audience is required.  Experience in any of the following areas would be a plus: signal processing, control theory, data acquisition, system error modeling, inertial sensor technologies, integration and test of HW and SW elements, commercial test instrumentation, GN&C systems.  Experience in MATLAB and Simulink (or similar statistical and modeling tools) is required. Experience with test and control software applications (e.g. LabVIEW) is a plus.

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


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