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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Tech Staff in Lexington, Massachusetts

Group 91 – Advanced Capabilities & Technologies

The Advanced Capabilities and Technologies Group is part of the Space Systems & Technology Division that researches and develops technology for space control, space-domain awareness, earth observation, and space science. The Group’s primary focus is on conceiving high-risk, high-reward technologies and conducting first-of-a-kind demonstrations of those technologies. Demonstrations range from small-scale laboratory tests, to major ground systems, to satellite systems. New projects are regularly initiated. Some recent examples of projects include: 1) lab experiments validating an innovative concept for imaging satellites using long-baseline interferometry, 2) development and fielding of a 3.5-m ground-based telescope for space-domain awareness, which used a novel curved CCD focal plane developed by another Lincoln Laboratory Group, 3) design of an advanced, compact space-based lidar to go on an ESPA-class satellite


Technical Staff—experimentalist. The successful candidate will join a small multi-disciplinary team working on an existing project and will work with others on the team to analyze pertinent trade-spaces, define development pathways, execute demonstration efforts, and analyze experimental results. The Technical Staff will need to be self-motivated to excel with limited oversight, while at the same time working cooperatively in a fast-paced technical-team environment. With experience, it is expected that the Technical Staff will take increasing responsibility for early-stage concept development, will take technical ownership of a satellite or payload subsystem, and ultimately, will manage a large technology-development or prototyping effort.


PhD in physics, engineering, chemistry, or a similar field, or equivalent experience. Demonstrated ability to design, conduct, and analyze complex experiments. Hands-on experience with experimental hardware, as well as data-acquisition and processing systems. Excellent oral and written communications skills, in particular, with the ability to communicate experimental results to Government sponsors who may not be technical experts. Experience with space systems a plus, but not required.

Selected candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret DoD security clearance. Occasional travel to field sites may be required.

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Top 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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