Sr. Cloud Engineer

Draper Laboratory Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 2 weeks ago


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

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

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



The Sr. Cloud Engineer is responsible for the design, deployment, operation and maintenance of cloud solutions. The primary responsibilities includes integrating new cloud services (applications and infrastructure) into the organization's portfolio of internal systems and existing cloud services. The role collaborates with technology brokers and external providers to understand new cloud services and integration technologies and their implications for the organization. The role also collaborates with enterprise application architects and engineering business partners to ensure new cloud services align to roadmaps and to understand the effect on the organization's engineering capabilities.

Essential Functions

  • Provide Engineering teams with standards and best practices on how to deploy and consume public and hybrid cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)

  • Subject matter expert experienced in implementing and managing AWS workloads, virtual environments from the ground up

  • Collaborate with Infrastructure, Architecture, Operations, Information Security teams to incorporate compliance requirements and best practices

  • Collaborate with developers to ensure that cloud-native workloads are deployed according to IT best practices for security, governance, identity and access management, monitoring/auditing

  • Hands-on experience with servers, storage, networking, virtualization and cloud technologies as well as orchestration and automation

  • Implement hybrid IT by integrating different cloud services with back-end, traditional data center services

  • Recommend and plan for future growth and optimization taking into consideration capacity planning, monitoring, disaster recovery and business continuity

  • Agile provisioning of cloud compute, storage and network resources

  • Perform requirements analysis, translating business needs into cloud resource specifications

  • Maintain systems security and integrity, taking corrective actions as necessary in compliance with company and industry standards and best practices

  • Develop and maintain compliance documentation and architectural diagrams for use in the installation, configuration, operation, maintenance and support of the cloud infrastructure

  • Provide proactive and reactive support on issues relating to the cloud and virtual environments

  • Analyze and articulate the risks, benefits and opportunities associated with any change within the infrastructure

  • Contribute to improvement of administrative and operational processes

  • Participate in on-call rotation which may include nights, weekends and holidays



  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Engineering or a related technical field and 5-7 years of work experience, or 8+ years of relevant experience without a bachelor's degree

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with cloud technologies from AWS and/or Azure

  • Demonstrated technical leadership in a 500+ user/VM/cloud environment

  • In-depth, practical experience with cloud methodologies (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS), automation, orchestration, trends and industry-leading cloud vendor offerings

  • Hands-on experience designing and deploying AWS services such as EC2, S3, RDS, KMS, IAM, and API Gateways

  • Experience with High Performance Computing cloud services to support scalable digital engineering, data analytics, AI/ML and modern software development

  • Experience with container technologies like ECS, Docker and Kubernetes

  • DevOps and Infrastructure automation like Ansible, Terraform and Cloud Formation

  • Solid understanding of networking concepts, TCP/IP, DNS, VLANs, LDAP, HTTPS, VPCs and IPSec/SSL VPN

  • Proficiency in modern scripting languages for automation of systems administration tasks

  • Working knowledge of CI/CD pipelines and technologies like Gitlab and Jenkins

  • Experience with SSL certificates, encryption and STIG security hardening methodologies

  • Knowledge of NSX, vSAN, CloudLink and vSphere Cloud Automation desirable

  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize and multi-task

  • Ability to work efficiently and independently with minimal supervision and willing to stretch to meet dynamic deadlines

  • Experience in DFAR/NIST/CMMC compliance documentation and technical controls a plus

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, including clean and accurate technical documentation and project management aptitude

  • AWS certifications a plus

  • One or more professional certifications such as Network+, Security+ or CISSP preferred

Other Information

  • United States citizen and ability to obtain a security clearance
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