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Draper Senior Missile GNC System Architect 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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The Strategic Weapon Systems group at Draper is seeking a Senior GNC System Architect to work within multi-disciplinary teams to architect next-generation weapon system concepts for the war fighter. This role will be of high interest to applicants that desire to participate in the conceptualization and development of new US military capabilities in strategic mission domains, as well as the enabling guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) subsystem technology. Relevant mission domains may include: global strike and/or strategic deterrent systems, missile defense systems, hypersonic missiles, space systems, precision guided munitions, and autonomous air/sea vehicles.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Leadership of small multi-disciplinary teams to innovate new system solutions;

  • Analysis of customer mission needs and development of use cases;

  • System requirement definition and development;

  • Concept/architecture development, including analysis of alternatives;

  • Presentation of design/results to both internal and external stake-holders;

  • Planning for architecture/design maturation and development;

  • Design/development of enabling GNC technology;

  • Development of systems engineering/design artifacts and documentation

  • Support for proposals/business development.

Required qualifications:

  • An M.S. degree or higher in a relevant engineering/physics discipline;

  • 12+ years of professional experience working with avionics or defense systems;

  • Practical experience with systems engineering for defense systems;

  • Experience in system modeling and model-based systems engineering;

  • Experience in systems engineering for integrated hardware/software systems;

  • Strong foundational knowledge of missile guidance, navigation, and control (GNC);

  • Prior experience in technical leadership of small teams;

  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to articulate complex technical ideas.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Prior experience in the domain of strategic weapon systems is strongly preferred;

  • Experience in analysis/development of missile/munition systems;

  • Experience in multi-objective design optimization;

  • Proficiency in Systems Modeling Language (SysML);

  • Foundational knowledge and/or practical experience with radiation physics and effects, as pertaining to the design of avionics systems.

Security Requirement: Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security Government security clearance requires proof of US citizenship.

ID: 2020-4996

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc