• Bioengineering Division Leader

    Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
    Posted Date 2 months ago(1/14/2019 10:59 AM)
    Requisition ID
  • 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.


    Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.



    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.   We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.   


    Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.


    Draper is a unique organization that is able to combine project teams comprising world-class engineers with biologists to address critical problems in the biomedical space.  As a not-for-profit, our primary mission is to develop critical technologies and transition them so they can have impact.  Under one roof, we have over 40 major laboratories including MEMS fabrication, a central machine shop, additive manufacturing, and advanced microelectronic fabrication that allow us to rapidly and comprehensively iterate through the technology development cycle from conceptualization to functional prototypes.  This past year, Draper completed the construction of a state-of-the-art BSL-2 facility to continue supporting our growth in biotechnology.  Today, we have projects focused on high-throughput tissue and human organ platforms, immune oncology platforms, acoustic separation platforms, enzyme engineering, advanced DNA synthesis, bio sensing, genetic engineering of bacterial and mammalian cells, and DNA forensic tools. 


    The Division Leader for the Bioengineering Division is responsible for a team composed of Draper’s primary expertise in Synthetic Biology and Bio-Instrumentation, Cell & Tissue Engineering, and Biological Microsystems activities and related technologies.  Specific responsibilities of the Division Leader include:

    • Ensure the Division has the capability to successfully execute the expected work by hiring, developing, and applying the technical staff.
    • Technical oversight for the quality and timeliness of project execution within the Division.
    • Supporting business development and proposal generation activities consistent with the program office needs.
    • Development and execution of a Division level strategic plan that addresses the staff, facilities, and other resources required to meet future anticipated business needs.
    • Identifying, nurturing, developing, and applying innovative technologies that solve critical existing and future sponsor related problems.



    M.S./PhD degree in a relevant field and 10+ years direct and demonstrated technical expertise in areas related to the work executed within the Division, including the development of experimental design, assay execution, troubleshooting and data analysis for functional testing of biological systems. 


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


    Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


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