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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Associate Staff - Engineering in Lexington, Massachusetts

Do you want to work on impactful programs of importance to our nation’s security? MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center that takes on challenging problems and values its employees. We offer amazing benefits, career mentoring, and opportunities for growth with a focus on work/life balance. We build diverse and high performing teams to tackle some of the nation’s toughest problems. Come work with us to help us execute our mission of technology in support of national security.

Position Description

The Tactical Defense Systems Group works to find the best ways to protect U.S. Air Force vehicles. We study vulnerability to radar and infrared sensors as well as novel sensing modalities. The group focuses on understanding threats through tests and measurements. Test activities include flight, field, and laboratory testing. The group operates two highly instrumented airplanes and numerous ground systems. We prototype advanced sensor concepts and add instrumentation to existing sensors. The group provides answers to survivability questions from our Air Force sponsors by conducting field measurements, analyzing data, and comparing the results to modeling and simulation. We recommend investments in future USAF systems and present our advice to high-level decision makers in the DoD.

What You Will Do

  • Focus on radio-frequency (RF) or optical systems

  • Design, build, test, and integrate sensors such as RF antennas and receivers, optical sensors, midwave and longwave infrared imagers, and active optical systems

  • Operate one-of-a-kind sensor systems to collect detailed data for answering key questions related to air defense issues

  • Perform data analysis on collected data and generate presentations for senior leaders to advise acquisition decisions

How You Will Grow

  • Receive mentoring from experts in the field

  • Serve as a mentor to other staff in our group

  • Opportunities to work across the full life cycle of advanced sensor testbeds: system design, fabrication, integration checkout, lab/field/flight testing, and detailed data analysis

  • Work as part of a team, as well as with component and system vendors, to build robust testbed systems

  • Learn the art of technical storytelling and develop strategies for briefing senior DoD leaders


  • M.S. or M.A. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or related field

  • In lieu of a Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of directly applicable experience will be considered

  • Experience with one or more of the following: real time software, system architecture design, integration of hardware and software, MATLAB, C++, FPGA, digital design, digital signal processing, image processing, data analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning

  • Effective oral and written communications skills

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Laboratory, field, and/or flight test experience


    At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include:

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans

  • MIT-funded pension

  • Matching 401K

  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)

  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs

  • Mentorship programs

  • A range of work-life balance options

  • ... and much more!

    Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.