GN&C Model Based Systems Engineer

1 month 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 self-motivated systems engineer to join a team developing first-of-a-kind systems and solving challenging national problems. The candidate will apply broad technical skills to contribute to the conceptualization, development, and analysis of strategic Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) systems.  In addition, the individual will contribute to the development and analysis of future concepts, architectures, and technologies for next generation GN&C for strategic weapon systems.


Typical job duties may range across designing, developing, validating, and maintaining models and infrastructure for design, assessment, and trade analysis of complex systems. 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 multi-task and adapt to evolving priorities will be required.



  • Masters or Doctorate in Engineering, Physics, or Science in a technically relevant field, and 2 or more years of direct “hands-on” work experience performing systems engineering functions and/or system integration and test.

  • Solid understanding of systems engineering fundamentals (e.g., as defined in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook or other government or industry standards).

  • Working knowledge of the OMG Systems Modeling Language (SysML), and concepts related to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

  • Experience creating system models in SysML using a commercial or open-source modeling tool.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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


If you have these additional skills, please let us know:

  • Demonstrated experience in MATLAB and Simulink.
  • Experience developing applications using C/C++.
  • Experience using  MagicDraw and associated plugins from No Magic, Inc.

  • OMG-Certified Systems Modeling Professional™ (OCSMP™) Certification at any level

  • INCOSE ASEP or CSEP (Associate or Certified Systems Engineering Professional) certification

  • Experience with Java and Python/Jython


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