Senior Human Performance Modeling Engineer

2 months ago
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,600 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


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The Draper Complexity Solutions Division is seeking a highly self-motivated systems engineer to develop models that clarify system interaction between people, data, and physics in a pan-disciplinary manner, using advanced analytics to best aggregate and reflect true System of Systems behavior. You will join a team developing first-of-a-kind systems and solving challenging problems in the national interest.  We seek someone ready to further the vision for Human Performance Modeling for teams and individuals. The vision describes the evolution of a technical capability which effectively describes sociotechnical system behavior and informs sociotechnical system design by considering a wide range of variables.


Typical job duties may span direction, advising, and/or leading the design, development, validation, and maintenance of models and infrastructure for sociotechnical systems. In addition, the candidate will be expected to work with the business offices to apply our human performance modeling capability to customer challenges in military, space, intelligence, and commercial applications.  We employ a Model-Based Engineering (MBE) approach and work cross-functionally with system architects, simulation experts, and the integration, verification, and validation (IV&V) engineers.


Communications and interpersonal skills are highly valued in this role.  The ability to communicate technical concepts effectively with customers, engineers, managers, and other stakeholders of all relevant disciplines is a must.  Flexibility to work multiple projects and adapt to evolving priorities will be required.



  • Masters or Doctorate in in Engineering, Physics, or Science in a technically relevant field, and 15 or more years of direct “hands-on” work experience in model development and application to evaluation or design of complex sociotechnical systems.
  • Five or more years of experience in modelling, simulation, and analysis.


    Five or more years of technical team leadership experience spanning vision development through alignment, execution, and delivery.


    Excellent oral and written communication skills.


    Demonstrated business development skills including proposal process management.


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


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