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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Asst Division Head- Air, Missile & Maritime Defense Division in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Air, Missile & Maritime Defense Technology Division is one of the nation’s leading developers of cutting-edge technology, innovative cross-domain solutions, and integrated system prototypes to defend the homeland, deployed forces, and allies from air and missile threats. The Division’s efforts span technology development for advanced radar, optical, and acoustic sensing; signal and image processing; decision support systems and artificial intelligence; autonomous platforms; and electronic warfare. A strong emphasis is placed on developing innovative solutions, risk-reducing and maturing technologies, rapidly prototyping systems, and transitioning new capabilities for operational systems to the government and government contractors. The Division has a diverse and dynamic culture, with a commitment to global security that is rooted in over 60 years of trusted DoD and Government partnerships.

The Division employs a mix of robust systems analysis, architecture-level assessments, and an understanding of both threat systems and U.S. capabilities and needs to build a portfolio of programs supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Navy, Air Force, Army, OUSD, DARPA, and others. Specialized R&D radar and optical system laboratories, as well as flexible airborne, ground-based, and maritime testbeds are used to provide rapid concept development, prototyping, and field testing at key national test ranges. The Division also partners closely with internal and external collaborators, including senior leadership in the government and industry, to support the development of long-term technology roadmaps.

Job Summary

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is currently seeking an Assistant Division Head to join the senior leadership team of the Air, Missile & Maritime Defense Technology Division. The Division is comprised of approximately 400 staff in six technical Groups and leads the development and assessment of technology and integrated systems to defend the homeland, deployed forces, and allies from air and missile threats.

  • Reports to the head of the Division and the Laboratory Director's Office, collaborates heavily with the Assistant Division Heads, and may be responsible for major technical program areas that incorporate support from multiple technical Groups and Divisions.

  • Guides the Division's advanced technology portfolio across Groups enhancing synergistic opportunities.

  • Works with multiple line managers on enabling a range of systems analysis, architecture assessment, technology development, system prototyping, and capability transition activities.

  • Develops and sustains programs and connections with senior leadership with key government and military sponsors including MDA, Navy, USAF, Army, OUSD, and DARPA.

  • Defines and leads critical studies to help guide and support the initiatives of senior leaders within the government and DoD.

  • Assists the Division Head in establishing short- and long-range plans and strategies and may direct the activities of assigned units or departments.

  • Collaborates heavily with Division members across the Laboratory in the leadership and oversight of programs and the strategic direction of the Division.

  • Engages with Laboratory senior management to assist in formulating operating policies and procedures and guide operations. May assume the duties of the Division Head during the Division Head's absence.

  • Contributes to the career development, goal setting, and evaluation process for the Division's employees, including direct-report line managers and senior technical staff within the Division. Serves as a mentor for new and aspiring leaders.

  • Helps establish and champion the Division's diversity and inclusion initiatives.


  • The ideal candidate will have 15 years of relevant technical experience with 10 years of progressive leadership experience leading a technical organization in the research and development industry.

  • Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, applied mathematics, or a related science or engineering field, or MS degree with demonstrated relevant experience.

  • Must bring an inclusive leadership approach and commitment to diverse and respectful workplace.

  • Must demonstrate clear strategic thinking and have demonstrated the ability to realize strategic visions through organizational alignment, team building, product road mapping, and scalable execution.

  • Must have outstanding communication skills and demonstrated ability to develop high-level briefings and report products suited towards strategic interactions.

  • Experience in the areas of military and defense research and development and systems engineering, either with a FFRDC, a national lab, technology organization or defense contractor.

  • Experience using systems analysis approaches to enable top-down and bottom-up identification of technology and system level needs and opportunities for new capabilities.

  • Experience leading engineering, development, testing, and transition of advanced technology prototypes (particularly for sensors, decision support systems, electronic warfare, autonomous systems, and other capabilities in air and missile defense and undersea warfare).

  • Experience with budgetary planning and interfacing effectively with a range of administrative professionals in order to participate and direct business planning activities relevant to the Division’s operations.

  • Experience with senior level communications with government, military, and industry.

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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.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

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.

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