• Instrumentation Electronics Group Leader

    Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/7/2018 11:18 AM)
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    The Group leader for Instrumentation Electronics is the technical leader of a diverse team of instrumentation electronics engineers, mixed-signal controls specialists, and support staff.   This team has expertise in precision electronics development for complex MEMS, electro-optical, and electro-mechanical inertial instruments, and other similarly sensitive sensor modalities.  The Group Leader is the first-level of engineering management. This position requires the ability to apply sound scientific and management principles for hands-on technical leadership. Specific managerial responsibilities of the Group Leader include:

    • Oversight of the technical quality and timeliness of project execution within the group
    • Fostering innovation through the active pursuit of high risk & high payback opportunities from both internal and external sponsors
    • Recruitment and hiring of highly skilled and innovative technical staff and support personnel
    • Guiding the career development and training of staff, including preparing and delivering performance reviews of all direct reports
    • Development and execution of a long-term technical capability growth plan for the group’s facilities and staff to meet future business needs

    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 innovative technologies. 


    An undergraduate or Masters degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics and 10 years of direct and demonstrated leadership experience in the design and development of precision mixed signal control circuitry and systems, preferably in the military electronics/avionics industry.

    A deep understanding of the following areas is required: low-noise amplification including charge amplifiers, analog-digital conversion including sigma-delta modulators, methods of synchronous detection, analog and digital signal processing, oscillators and phase-locked loops, synchronous motors and motor drive circuits, and servo control systems generally. It is also highly desirable that the candidate possess an understanding of and experience with inertial instruments, particularly MEMS-based, electro-mechanical and fiber-optic gyroscopes and accelerometers.  An understanding of radiation-hardening techniques for electronics is a plus. The candidate should be proficient using SPICE-base circuit simulators as well as Matlab/Simulink, in addition to having strong analytical skills and a solid knowledge of applied physics and communication theory.

    The ideal candidate will have shown consistent growth in his or her career through steadily increasing responsibility, be a self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, be capable of achieving organizational and program objectives, and be able to interface with all levels of internal management, as well as program sponsors and sub-contractors.

    Although an active US Government security clearance is preferred, any applicant selected without a pre-existing clearance will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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


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