• Navigation Instrument Development Engineer

    Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/13/2018 10:07 AM)
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  • Overview

    Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,700 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 www.draper.com.


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    Draper is conducting a nationwide search for a highly innovative engineer/scientist with significant experience in navigation instruments and systems such as:  Inertial Sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes), Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), Global Positioning System (GPS), Autonomous Navigation Cameras, Integrated Navigation Systems, etc.   Key responsibilities will include concept definition, design, build, characterization, and analysis of novel instruments and systems. The successful candidate will participate in developing and validating electrical, optical and signal/noise models for a variety of instruments and systems, and will contribute to the specification of subsystem components and processing algorithms consistent with application requirements. The candidate will also develop test procedures, construct specialized test equipment and perform field testing of devices and systems. Experience with advanced processing algorithms, Kalman filtering, and machine learning methods is highly desired.


    As a Navigation Instrument Development Engineer, the candidate will play a critical role in the development of emerging navigation and sensing technologies, including advanced electro-optical sensor systems. This engineer will work closely with a team of engineers and physicists to develop, prototype, and test cutting-edge instrument and system designs.  The candidate will be heavily involved in building prototypes and characterizing their performance.  The candidate will be expected to spend large amounts of time performing hands on tasks including laboratory work, assisting HW and SW development and test. 


    M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in navigation disciplines, electrical or mechanical engineering, physics, astronomy, mathematics, is preferred. A strong physics background is highly desired.  The candidate should have laboratory experience and experience with electrical and/or optical test and measurement equipment. The candidate must be competent in a programming language such as, but not limited to, MATLAB, C++, Python, Mathematica, etc. and be capable of writing software routines to run both system simulations and laboratory experiments including data collection, storage, and data reduction.  Experience with machine learning techniques as well as Kalman filtering is highly desired. The individual must be self-motivated and must thrive in a multidisciplinary team environment.  Excellent written and oral communication skills are required and the applicant 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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