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Draper Group Leader - Perception & Autonomy 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 seeking an enthusiastic engineer to lead the Perception & Autonomy Group.

The Group Leader is the first-level of engineering management and will be a hands-on technical leader. The candidate will be a direct contributor to projects and business development activities. In this capacity, the selected candidate will collaborate with other staff members to develop and transition innovative technologies. In addition to these individual responsibilities, the managerial responsibilities include working with the Division Leader to: a) hire and support the career development, growth, and project assignments for the group’s staff; b) develop the group’s technical vision and capabilities; and c) assist in the oversight of project execution within the group.

In this role, the candidate will work on cutting-edge efforts for US Government and commercial customers as well as internal R&D projects. The ideal candidate is an assertive self-starter, engaging colleagues and building ideas in a team-centered environment.

Who May Apply

Ability to obtain a government security clearance is required for this position. Only United States citizens can apply.


The applicant will lead a team of highly motivated Engineers in the design, development, test, implementation and operation of autonomous systems for DoD and commercial applications. We seek applicants who will fit well in this dynamic team while designing challenging and developing technologies crucial to the advancement of robotics systems including but not limited to autonomous aerial vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and other decision-making frameworks.

Required Qualifications:

  • MS/PHD in Computer Science, Robotics, similar technical field of study, or equivalent practical experience

  • Experience in at least one of the following: robotics research in motion planning and control (e.g., trajectory optimization, planning under uncertainty, probabilistic robotics, optimal control, guidance, navigation & control(GN&C)), robotics research in navigation/perception (e.g. state estimation, Kalman Filtering, computer vision)

  • Experience leading teams and contributing to proposal development

  • Solid programming experience (e.g., C/C++, Python, Matlab), experience with robot operating system (ROS)

  • Good written and spoken communication skills

ID: 2020-4816

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc