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Draper Senior Space Systems 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.

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The Space Systems Engineer will be part of a team in support of NASA’s return to the moon as part of the Artemis Program Human Landing System (HLS). Key responsibilities will include the development and management of requirements specifications, development of mission timelines, concept of operations, and developing test, verification, and certification plans.

Leveraging Draper’s expertise in guidance navigation and control (GN&C), fault-tolerant avionics, human-systems technology, spacecraft mission management and embedded systems, the candidate will support Draper’s National Security and Space (NS&S) mission areas in developing and delivering system solutions.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS, MS, or PhD degree in mechanical, electrical, computer, or aerospace engineering with at least 8-10 years of training or experience in a space systems engineering discipline.

  • Experience in space systems engineering, including, but not limited to requirements development, analysis and management; concept of operations and mission timeline development; guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) systems; fault-tolerant avionics, spacecraft mission management, and reliability assessment for human-rated spacecraft.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and be a highly motivated, self-starter with willingness to learn and participate in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective collaborations with government, industry, and academia.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in working with and applying model-based systems engineering best practices to design, develop, build, and transition the systems into fielded use.

  • Familiarity with the applicable government research and technology development roadmaps, and system requirements for operations in a space environment.

Security Requirement

Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a United States government security clearance and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


Cambridge, MA

ID: 2020-4939

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc