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Advanced Optical Instrument Development Lead-Part Time 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

Draper is conducting a nationwide search for a highly innovative engineer/scientist leader with significant technical experience in optics-based instruments and systems. The successful applicant can expect to lead complex technology development efforts. Responsibilities will range from technology portfolio management, to program leadership, to business development, including specific leadership tasks such as: proposal management, concept modeling and simulation, design and development, electronics and algorithms concept design, interface definition, overall implementation and test, and project and tech-portfolio management.


  • B.Sc., or equivalent degree, in optics, physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or computer science.

  • The applicant should have 10+ years technical experience in developing complex instruments and systems.

  • The applicant's background must include instances of technical leadership and organization management in developing optical & opto-electronic systems.

  • The applicant must be accustomed to project coordination and proposal development duties, as well as leading hands-on engineering work, and be able to independently organize the stand-up of infrastructure required to develop hardware, software and test procedures for optical systems.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

  • Must be willing to travel.

  • The applicant must be highly motivated with a willingness to learn and participate in an exciting team environment.

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



ID: 2022-5882

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc