Assoc Staff - Systems Analyst Applied Mathematics, System Engineering, or Applied Physics 1 1

Date: May 25, 2019

Location: MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group develops systems and technology for disaster preparedness, detection, mitigation, and attribution, with emphasis on chemical and biological defense. Principal sponsors are the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. The work of the group is highly interdisciplinary; as a result, the backgrounds of the researchers are diverse, including engineering (electrical, mechanical, chemical, biomedical), physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and biology. Rigorous systems analyses produce system architectures and recommend research areas to guide government investment. These analyses are grounded by modeling and simulation of threats and defenses, and by data analysis. Sensor development is conducted at several levels, including initial measurements of detection signatures, proof-of-concept experiments for biological or chemical assay or electro-optic sensors, integration into autonomous sensors along with development of the associated electronics and algorithms, and rigorous field testing in relevant environments. The group develops and tests multitechnology integrated systems in operational settings. The integrated systems include significant algorithm development to fuse multisource information. Emerging thrusts in the group include support for additional homeland security missions, natural disaster management, health surveillance, serious game development, and electronics and algorithm support for other Lincoln Laboratory missions.

Job Description

The candidate will model and assess the performance of sensors and system architectures for military and homeland chemical, biological, and explosives defense problems. The candidate will also conduct analyses of sensor data from real-world operation. Examples of analysis problems include rapid detection of biological and chemical attacks; performance requirements for new sensor systems to detect biological and chemical threats, development and use of sensor systems to identify and interdict homeland border security threats; and use of technology and architecture concepts to aid in situational awareness and decision support. Activities include modeling, simulation, statistical analysis, data analysis, algorithm development, technology assessments, and field testing. Candidate may also support design, prototyping and field testing of prototype homeland protection systems.



M.S. in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Applied Physics or related scientific field. 


BS in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Applied Physics or related scientific field with 5+ years of experience.

The applicant should have experience in developing applied mathematical models and simulations and some experience in statistical analysis. Experience in analyzing sensor systems, system architectures, developing algorithms, or machine learning is highly desirable, as well as experience analyzing sensors used for Department of Homeland Security or Department of Defense, including sensors for chemicals, biological agents and explosives is highly desirable. The applicant must be able to independently interpret and present results. Strong communications skills and ability to work both independently and in a multi-disciplinary team environment are necessary.


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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.

Requisition ID: 26294 

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