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Principal Weapon System Architect Mexico

Draper Labs

Draper Labs Mexico Mexico

2 months ago

Principal Weapon System Architect

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The Strategic Weapon Systems division at Draper is seeking a Principal Weapon System Architect to work within multi-disciplinary teams to conceptualize and prototype advanced weapon/guidance systems that are of strategic importance to the nation. This role will be of high interest to applicants that desire to build/leverage expertise in guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) technologies to enable/shape new mission-level capability solutions for the warfighter. Relevant mission domains may include: global strike and/or strategic deterrent systems, hypersonics, missile defense systems, space systems, precision guided munitions, and autonomous air/sea vehicles.

A successful candidate for the Principal Weapon System Architect position will be highly motivated to: (a) support the delivery of technology solutions that are of strategic importance to the nation in the context of evolving threats from peer and near-peer competitors; (b) build deeper expertise in both the core mission domain(s) and underlying GNC technology, and (c) support business development and shape new warfighter capabilities. Working in a dynamic team environment developing state-of-the-art weapon/GN&C systems will provide exposure to a wide range of advanced technologies as well as afford opportunities for increased leadership/impact on the development of new war-fighter capability.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

Identification of customer mission needs and development of use cases;
• Analysis of mission use cases to derive subsystem requirements;
• Conceptualization of novel GNC hardware, software, and system solutions;
• Trade-space analysis for complex system-of-systems;
• Architecture/interface definition and requirements development;
• Establish/manage digital representations of system technical baselines;
• Development of systems engineering, design, and analysis artifacts/documentation;
• Detailed functional and performance modeling of component technologies;
• Verify complex modeling in 6-degree-of-freedom simulations (6-DOF);
• Support integrated hardware/software prototype development;
• Development of test strategies/plans for prototype technology;
• Analysis of performance and test data;
• Development of research proposals and plans;
• Briefing of results to leadership and government sponsors;
• Task/project planning and leadership;
• Supervision of junior engineers.


Applicants must have the following key qualifications:
• An M.S. degree or higher in engineering or physics;
• 10+ years of professional experience in development of defense/space systems;
• Experience leading tasks/teams of 10 or more engineers;
• Experience leading successful proposals to US department of defense (DOD);
• Knowledge of guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) technology;
• Demonstrated ability to formulate a research program plan and write proposals;
• Ability for occasional travel;
• Strong presentation skills and the ability to articulate complex technical ideas.

Any of the following additional qualifications are highly desirable:
• Deep expertise with respect to either/both GNC hardware or software technology;
• Domain experience with respect to strategic weapon systems, as defined above;
• Experience with inertial navigation system error modeling (aided/unaided);
• Knowledge of optimal state estimation, including Kalman filtering and smoothing;
• Knowledge of AI/ML theory and techniques in application to real-world analyses;
• Knowledge of multi-objective optimization techniques.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


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