Principal Communications Engineer


Cambridge, MA 02238

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

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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Principal Communications Engineer (PMTS)

Draper Laboratory is seeking talented and motivated individuals to tackle challenging engineering problems. As a Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for conceiving solutions for new communication signals with applications to complex systems for various environments. You will architect special communications capabilities for a wide diversity of applications and support strategic business development. 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 should possess solid skills designing novel communication signals with experience on rapid prototyping. They should also have deep understanding of wireless communications fundamentals and RF theory, and be able to formulate new waveforms to meet the needs of special communications systems.

Specific Responsibilities

+ Architect communication signals to be used in different applications and environments

+ Understand RF channels for different applications and environments

+ Specify architecture and requirements of special communication systems based on application

+ Support business development, write proposals, white papers, and technical documents

+ Deliver technical presentations to internal and external customers

+ Mentor junior colleagues and support technology roadmap development

Required Qualifications:

+ PhD+2, MS+6, or BS+10 in Electrical Engineering or similar

+ Expert knowledge architecting communication signals and protocols at the PHY and MAC layers

+ Proven track record designing waveforms for various applications and environments

+ Strong background in wireless communications and deep understanding of RF theory

+ Ability to work on fast paced projects, guiding quick-turn experiments and rapid prototyping

+ Proven successful proposal writing

Desired Qualifications:

+ Experience leading special communications systems design

+ Experience implementing fieldable prototypes and doing field testing

+ Author of Intellectual Property, whitepapers, conference or journal publications

Security Requirements:

+ Ability to obtain a US Secret security clearance which requires proof of US citizenship.

** 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: 2020-4983

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc

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