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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Tech Staff - Systems Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group develops, builds, tests, and operates laser communications systems for a variety of applications and environments. Lasercom offers dramatically increased data rates and enhanced physical security relative to microwave-based communications systems. The Group has expertise in communications; optics; electro-optics; optomechanics; optical turbulence mitigation; precise pointing control systems; embedded systems; command, control, and telemetry; test set design and fabrication; data analysis; modeling; and simulation.

The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group seeks a full time Technical Staff member to develop system concepts and architectures relevant to, or utilizing, laser communications and navigation systems. The staff member will engage in systems engineering activities, identifying requirements, performing system trades and optimizations, identifying and managing risks, and facilitating communications between subsystem designers across various disciplines. The staff member will have opportunities to be directly involved in design, build, test and integration activities. The staff member will present results to audiences within the Laboratory, and to Sponsors.

Job Description

Tasks may include conducting field experiments and data collects, analyzing test data, developing test plans, or developing and presenting proposals to potential Sponsors. The staff member will have opportunities to develop concepts for, and to participate in, research and development seedling projects, with opportunities to collaborate with university researchers.


  • PhD. or equivalent in electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer engineering, physics, computer science, or mathematics

  • Strong design and analytical skills in communications, optics and electro-optics, signal processing, navigation systems, or control systems

  • Familiarity with any of the following disciplines: astronomy, aerospace engineering, platform integration, numerical simulation and analysis tools, scripting languages, embedded systems, automation, autonomous systems, vision systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, atmospheric science, computational or experimental fluid dynamics, and aero-optic effects.

  • Strong communication skills

  • Minimum GPA:3.5

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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.

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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