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Draper Senior Mechanical Instrument Engineer 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

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

As a Senior Instrument Engineer in the Electro-Mechanical Instruments Group, you will play a critical role in the development of Electro-Mechanical inertial instruments for cutting-edge guidance applications. Working closely with a team of engineers and physicists, you will build next-generation gyroscope, accelerometer and guidance-aiding sensor prototypes. You will assist or lead sensor build, performance characterization, environmental hardening, production roll-out and delivery of sensors meeting some of the world’s most stringent requirements. You will also be a key leader in the development of our junior engineering staff as a mentor and technical leader in a fast-paced, technically-challenging environment.

The ideal candidate is expected to be a subject matter expert (SME) in the design of high-precision mechanical systems for fielded, real-world applications. High-end precision mechanical design engineering, opto-mechanics, control systems, electro-magnetics, and MEMS experience are examples of skills we are seeking for this role. The candidate will be expected to assist or lead the architecture, design and delivery of electro-mechanical instruments and coordinate a team of SMEs to deliver the electronic hardware, including power, control and signal process sub-systems. The candidate will have a practical understanding of electrical systems and control systems and eagerness to understand the intricacies of instrument design beyond his/her subject matter expertise. The ideal candidate will possess a history of hands-on design/build skills, experience rolling out designs to a manufacturing environment and the ability and desire to build teams of engineers from the ground up.

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline is preferred, though strong candidates with Bachelor’s degrees and proven industry experience will be considered.

  • 5-10 years of technical experience in a relevant industry or research environment preferred

  • Must be highly self-motivated and must thrive in a multidisciplinary team environment.

  • Ability and interest in mentoring students and junior engineers

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Track record of inventiveness and technical leadership

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



ID: 2023-7025

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc