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Senior Communications Engineer

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
May 07, 2024

Senior Communications Engineer
Job Location

US-MA-Cambridge | US-VA-Reston

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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 2,000+ 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 www.draper.com.

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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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Draper Laboratory is seeking talented and motivated individuals to tackle challenging engineering problems in communications. As a Communications engineer, you will be responsible to apply your expertise developing and evaluating novel communication technologies. You will develop and implement special communication systems to enable new capabilities for a wide diversity of applications. You will work in a fast paced environment, collaborating in multi-disciplinary teams with opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute to a variety of projects in this area.

Applicants will assist or lead in the design, development, modeling & simulation, implementation, and evaluation of communication systems and waveform design. They should have experience in either PHY layer topics, waveform design, or channel modeling for demanding applications and various environments.

Specific Responsibilities:

    Developing and implementing signal processing algorithms for comms systems
  • Modeling and simulating components of a communication system
  • Designing waveforms to meet specific requirements for a given application
  • Performing laboratory experiments and evaluating fieldable prototypes of comms systems


Required Qualifications:

  • BS +6yr, MS +4yr, or PhD in Electrical Engineering or similar
  • Proven experience with communication systems
  • Strong background in communications and RF theory
  • Lab testing experience and ability to work on fast paced projects, doing quick-turn experiments and rapid prototyping

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven record designing waveforms for various applications and environments
  • Knowledge of signal processing concepts for communications, detection & estimation theory
  • Background PHY layer topics, like modulation schemes, coding, channel modeling
  • Familiarity with modeling and simulation tools like MATLAB and experience with Python
  • Experience implementing fieldable prototypes and doing their testing and validation
  • Background in wireless technologies, like 5G, LTE-M, or mmWave
  • Knowledge of low probability of intercept/detection (LPI/LPD) techniques
  • Familiarity with Machine Learning techniques in communications

Security Requirement:

  • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance, with ability to acquire Top Secret



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