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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Group 86-Summer Research Program Intern in Lexington, Massachusetts

Group 86—RF Technology

The RF Technology Group develops and demonstrates innovative radio-frequency (RF) technologies and integrated subsystems as solutions to emerging national security needs in radar, electronic warfare, signals intelligence (SIGINT), and special communications. To execute its RF research and development mission, the group develops and tests custom antennas, transmit/receive modules, multichannel wideband receiver-exciters, beamformers, active and passive RF circuits, wide bandgap/GaN materials and devices, low-phase-noise oscillators, high-speed software-defined radios, and high-throughput digital processing architectures. Novel RF solutions are developed at the device level up through the full RF subsystem level, with an emphasis on highly integrated, small-form-factor RF subsystems. The group collaboratively interacts with research groups across the Laboratory to take projects from initial concept stage, through simulation and analysis, to design and prototyping, and finally to field demonstration.

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The RF Technology Group has an exciting opportunity to work on a wide array of projects associated with high-end RF systems as part of the 2021 Summer Research Program. Example projects currently being considered for the 2021 Summer Research Program include opportunities to work on the development of RF components and modules for an advanced airborne radar system; RF techniques and technologies for electronic support and electronic protection assets; Radar system development for advanced surveillance functions; small satellite payloads for space-based remote sensing of Earth; next generation imaging systems; advanced RF integrated circuit designs; and next generation semiconductor development for RF applications. Depending on a candidate’s background and interests, there are opportunities for the design of RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave circuits and antennas, MMIC development and RF test structure characterization for next generation semiconductors, digital (FPGA-based) circuits, algorithm, firmware and software development.

These positions include opportunities to learn about the development of RF systems, to work with a team of electrical and mechanical engineers, and for involvement in the design and testing of antennas, T/R modules, transceivers, frequency synthesizers, digital back-ends; software defined radios, and associated support equipment. Applicants should have an understanding of analog and digital circuits, electromagnetics, RF signal processing, and/or computer science.

Requirements include enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or a related field. Hands-on laboratory experience working with and debugging hardware and software is preferred, along with the desire to span the digital, mixed signal and RF design domains.

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.

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