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Senior Computer Scientist/Engineer

Draper Labs
United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge
555 Technology Square (Show on map)
May 11, 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.

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.


Draper's Computer Systems Security group is hiring a Senior Computer Scientist / Engineer for research and development in various topics related to secure computer systems design and applied computer science. The candidate will participate in all aspects of R&D, from idea to prototype development.


Required Qualifications:

    A candidate must hold an M.S. degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or related discipline with 5 years' experience or a Ph.D. in one of these fields.
  • Familiarity and facility with two or more of the following topics: computer security, computer architecture, hardware/software codesign, operating systems, hypervisors, compilers, or binary instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated competence in systems programming languages (e.g., C, C++, Rust), Assembly (e.g., ARM, RISC-V), ), and low-level development is required.
  • Candidate should be capable of engaging in self-directed work as well as participating in a larger team. Original thought and strong creative problem-solving skills are a must.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Linux kernel internals, seL4 microkernel, Rust language, RISC-V (ISA and implementation), and compiler instrumentation is desired.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills are also desired.
  • Deep understanding of microarchitecture implementations and vulnerability analysis.

*Candidates should be able to attend as needed, in either Cambridge, MA HQ or Reston, VA offices.

Security Requirement:

May be required to obtain a US security clearance.

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