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Draper Optical Physicist (Imaging System Design) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 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

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

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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.

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As a member of the technical staff in the Sensors and Imaging Systems Group, you will play a role in the development of Optics, Photonics, and Sensor hardware. You will work closely with a team of engineers and physicists to develop, prototype, and test cutting-edge instrument designs. You will be heavily involved with demonstrating minimum viable technology and characterizing performance to guide data driven decision making. Additionally, you will be involved with proposal support, sensor integration, modeling, testing, and analysis of complete systems. Development hardware is often tested off site with customer oversight and the candidate will be expected to support this type of test program as needed. You must be willing to work collaboratively, with multidisciplinary teams, and be able to communicate complex ideas to non-technical audiences.

  • B.S. degree in physics, optics, or related discipline and 1-5 years of experience is required

  • A strong physics background is highly desired

  • Experience in imaging system lens design, tolerance analysis, & stray light is required

  • Laboratory experience with electrical and optical test and measurement equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, function generators, free space and fiber coupled optics is required.

  • Competent in a programming language such as, but not limited to, Zemax, MATLAB, C++, Python, LABView, Code V, FRED etc. and be capable of writing software routines to run laboratory experiments including data collection, storage, and basic data reduction.

  • Highly self-motivated and ability to thrive in a multidisciplinary team environment is required

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are preferred

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.



ID: 2023-7087

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc