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Senior Security Engineer

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
April 09, 2024

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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.

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.

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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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The National Security and Space Systems Division is seeking a System Security Engineer to support engineering, integrating, and deploying trustworthy secure platforms that resist cyber, reverse engineering, and supply chain threats. The group has multidisciplinary proficiencies in secure systems architecture, hardware security and resilience, software security and resilience, system validation and accreditation, and cryptography.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

    Work with cross disciplinary team of system, hardware, and software engineers to support program execution.
  • Communicate with program members, program offices, and sponsors to present work to the technical and evaluation community.
  • Bring a systems engineering prospective to support development system architectures for secure solutions.
  • Support analysis of Draper, customer, and sponsor developed systems to evaluate effectiveness and suitability.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or Applied Physics along with 3+ years of relevant experience or BS degree with 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership, innovation, creativity and collaboration, with the ability to communicate with cross-functional teams of engineers, management, and external stakeholders across all relevant disciplines
  • Proficiency in full life-cycle systems engineering (architecture, design, development, integration, approval, and deployment) of security technologies and components within cyber-physical systems and systems-of-systems
  • Familiarity with processes and technologies for identification of critical program information and development of the associated program protection plans
  • Experience in the development of System Security documentation per Government requirements
  • Flexibility to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities, technologies, and program needs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in writing innovative R&D proposals to commercial and government sponsors
  • Familiarity with the processes and technologies for cross-domain products, including secured firmware solutions and microelectronics
  • Experience in the design and implementation of secured systems based on system requirements, design analysis, and consideration of external vectors
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of cryptographic key management, public key infrastructure, and NSA's Key Management Infrastructure, and the applications of cryptology
  • Understanding of supply chain operations, risk management framework, information assurance, technology protection
  • Familiarity with DOORS, MATLAB, and/or Python

Security Requirement:

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


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