Principal Astronomer - Per Diem
Cambridge, MA 
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Posted 26 days ago
Job Description
Principal Astronomer - Per Diem
Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Requisition ID 2022-6430
Overview

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 www.draper.com.

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 www.draper.com/careers.

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 hr@draper.com.

Responsibilities

Draper is conducting a nationwide search for a scientist/engineer with a background in astronomy or astrophysics, and with hands-on technical experience with optics-based celestial imaging instruments. The successful applicant can expect to lead very complex technology development efforts, with broad and deep responsibilities, including: concept architecting, modeling and simulation, algorithms and electronics concept design, interfaces definition, management of overall design and development & implementation and test activities. In addition, opportunities for leadership of the growing technology portfolio, and the associated program and business development, are available on a regular basis.

Qualifications

Ph.D., or equivalent degree, in astronomy, physics, mathematics, optics, electrical engineering, or computer science. It is desired that the applicant has 10+ years scientific or engineering experience in the field. The applicant's background must include instances of technical leadership in developing data-analysis algorithms, and/or developing optical & opto-electronic systems, and/or managing test and data-analysis operations. The applicant should expect to participate in project coordination and proposal development duties, as well as leading hands-on work - and be able to independently organize the stand-up of infrastructure required to develop hardware, software and test procedures. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Must be willing to travel.

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

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Job Summary
Company
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Doctorate
Required Experience
10+ years
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