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Radiation Effects Engineer

Draper Labs
United States, Florida, St. Petersburg
11208 Blue Heron Boulevard (Show on map)
December 11, 2023

Radiation Effects Engineer
Job Location

US-FL-St. Petersburg

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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 Contested Environment Test Solutions group is seeking a multi-talented subject matter expert in electrical design and radiation effects. This opportunity offers participation in cutting edge technologies for a variety of applications including space exploration, satellites, defense, and aviation. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of experience with radiation device effects and implications on the resulting system design.

This engineer will support and lead test programs for a variety of specimens ranging from electronics (ASICs, MEMs, fiber optics, etc.) to inertial navigation sensors (accelerometer and gyroscope), and higher level integrated systems for specialized and unique applications within contested environments, such as radiation or GPS-denied environments. Relevant areas include analysis of radiation levels in operating environments to determine requirements on devices and subsystems, followed by effects analysis, design hardening, and qualification testing. Design hardening and testing will include ionizing dose rate, and total dose, single event effects (SEE), prompt dose, neutron displacement damage (NDD), etc.


Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor and 2 years of experience or have a Master of electrical engineering, or related field experience. Required skills include:

    Experience with component selection and design of electronic hardware for natural space and/or hostile radiation environments
  • Design of hardware and software for radiation testing at the component, subsystem, and integrated system levels in natural space and threat/weapon environments
  • Experience integrating rad-hard systems in relevant platforms (e.g. spacecraft, satellites).
  • Experienced with laboratory work such as control systems, electronics, and programmable logic controllers including standard test and measurement hardware (power supplies, meters, etc.)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with test plans and results through technical report writing and presentations
  • Ability to work with program managers, customers, and government representatives to define needs/requirements, write proposals, and lead technical teams.
  • Ability to participate in some travel to off-site locations will be required, less than 15%, typically less than one week in duration

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in radiation/nuclear physics with an understanding of the underlying mechanisms of radiation interactions with materials and devices
  • Experience in design for harsh physical and electromagnetic environments as embodied in military standards such as MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-810, etc.
  • Knowledge of radioisotopes and experience with national laboratories, universities, or companies with radiation testing capable sites
  • Familiarity with commercial test instrumentation including data acquisition modules, PCI/PXI instrumentation, real-time embedded controllers and communication devices, MATLAB, LabVIEW, diagnostics and test and documenting related activities (plans, procedures, configuration, and test result analysis) is desired
  • Prior experience operating computer systems and protecting information at a Secret or higher information security level
  • Familiarity with tools including CREME96, FastRAD, NOVICE, OMERE, ThTk

Security Requirement:

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


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