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Draper Optical Development 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 an Optical Development Engineer in the Sensors and Imaging Systems Group, you will play a critical role in the development of Optical, Electro-Optic, and Atom-Optic systems. You will work closely with a team of engineers and physicists to develop, prototype, and test cutting-edge instrument and system designs. You will be heavily involved in building ground breaking technology and solving the world's most difficult problems. Additionally, you will be involved in sensor integration into position, timing, and navigation systems, including modeling, testing, and characterization of complete systems. You will be expected to spend time in the lab, performing hands on tasks with development hardware, as well as helping to develop and update hardware and system models. Development hardware is often tested off site with customer oversight and you will be expected to support this type of test program. You must be willing to work collaboratively, across multidisciplinary teams, and be able to communicate complex ideas to non-technical audiences.

  • M.S. degree in physics, electrical engineering, or related discipline or combined education and industry experience is required

  • 8+ years of industry experience, with a strong background in physics or optics are desired

  • Laboratory experience and experience with electrical and optical test and measurement equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, function generators, free space and fiber coupled optics is required

  • Competence in a programming language such as, but not limited to, Zemax, Spice, MATLAB, C++, or Python, etc., and be capable of writing software routines to run laboratory experiments including data collection, storage, and basic data reduction are required

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required

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

** Draper has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all Draper employees. This will be a condition of employment to work at Draper.



ID: 2022-6341

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc