Embedded Systems Architecture Group Manager (GL)

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 1 week ago(2/16/2018 1:20 PM)
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Draper is conducting a nation-wide search for a highly innovative and experienced individual to lead the Embedded Systems Architecture Group. The successful candidate will lead an organization responsible for system architecture, system design, and rapid prototyping efforts to create and transition embedded system solutions. Today, the staff in this group are the lead architects and leaders for programs to build and deliver Fault tolerant systems, Biomedical systems, Under water systems, GNC systems, Technology protection systems, Augmented reality applications, and Low SWaP embedded systems. The expertise of the group spans Defense, Intelligence, Commercial and Space missions.


The Group manager is the first-level of engineering management. This position requires the ability to apply sound scientific and management principles for hands-on technical leadership. In addition to basic group manager functions such as hiring and staff development specific group managerial responsibilities include working with the Division Manager to: a) Inspire and build upon existing team of highly effective and innovative embedded systems engineers; b) Develop the Group’s technical vision and capabilities; and c) Assist in the oversight of project execution within the group and provide mentorship to junior members of the group.


In addition to the managerial responsibilities, the candidate will be a direct contributor to projects and business development activities. In this capacity, the selected candidate will collaborate with other staff members to develop and transition new concepts and applications. We seek to expand the technical capabilities of the group. Therefore deep technical expertise that compliments the current expertise in the group such as in communication systems, blockchain architectures, learning systems or autonomy is highly valuable. The ideal candidate will complement and expand the group’s technical expertise. 



  • Ph.D. or M.Sc. degree in Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science with 10+ years of industry/R&D experience in direct “hands-on” work in multi-disciplinary systems. 
  • This position requires a strong understanding of embedded computing and sensing challenges inherent in distributed embedded systems.
  • The candidate’s background should include instances of technical leadership and design responsibility on fielded or prototyped systems.
  • Preference will be given to those with specific technical strengths in in communication systems, blockchain architectures, learning systems or autonomy.
  • Candidate with prior experience in managing R&D groups, shaping new programs, and writing winning proposals to address challenging problems of importance to the national interest or commercial sector is desired.

The successful candidate must be a self-starter, capable of achieving organizational and programmatic objectives, and must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Demonstrated skills in leadership, innovation, creativity and collaboration are a must. Must be willing to travel. 


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


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