Cyber Operations & Architectures Researcher(Fort Meade, MD)

Date: Jun 14, 2024

Location: Ft Meade, MD, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Come and help defend the nation in cyberspace! In the Cyber Operations & Analysis Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, we research challenging technical problems in cyber security, develop new technologies, and prototype first-of-a-kind systems. We have particular focus on enabling human operators and improving operational systems, orienting our work toward strong practical impact.


We work across a variety of cutting-edge national-security applications:

  • Enhancing the cyber security of critical infrastructure, weapons systems, and other operational technology
  • Protecting and defending emerging U.S. systems for conducting command and control (C2) across multiple domains
  • Helping the nation’s cyber operators do their jobs better, faster, and at greater scale
  • Quantifying risk posed by adversary cyber threats to key national security missions
  • Creating new analytics and processing techniques to create timely, actionable insights from cyber data
  • Developing techniques to coordinate actions for emerging mission scenarios combining cyber and other mission domains such as air, land, sea, and space


As a diverse and interdisciplinary group, we innovate by drawing insights from computer science, software engineering, data engineering, data science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, and allied technical fields. We collaborate with research partners across MIT, offering frequent opportunities to team and learn in new areas. If you want a career in R&D with the opportunity to have real impact on important problems, join us!



Job Description


Located onsite in Fort Meade, MD


As a Technical Staff member in the Cyber Operations & Analysis Technology Group, you will perform analysis, develop technology, and/or architect and build software for the next generation of operational cyber security systems. You will apply your expertise to the challenging technical problems operators and decision makers face from persistent, intelligent cyber adversaries, and define and create novel technical solutions. You will work as part of a team where you quickly learn new application areas and add skills to your technical toolbox to address important problems. You will have many opportunities to grow as a researcher and technical expert, including in project leadership, technical execution, and sharing results with the community through publications and presentations.





  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related technical field; or a Master’s degree with at least 5 years of relevant technical experience; or a Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of relevant technical experience.
  • Proficiency in Python, C/C++, Java, or similar.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including technical communication for non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on difficult, open-ended problems in cyber security and operations with interdisciplinary technical teams.
  • Motivation to identify underlying technical problems and investigate solutions proactively.
  • 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.






Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas is desired but not required, with research experience especially valued:

  • Cyber security.
  • Data architecture and engineering.
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning.
  • Mathematical or statistical modeling and problem-solving.
  • Human–system integration.
  • United States military operations, especially cyberspace operations.



At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include: 


  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans
  • MIT-funded pension
  • Matching 401K
  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)
  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs
  • Mentorship programs
  • A range of work-life balance options
  • ... and much more!  


Please visit our Benefits page for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary benefits, discounts and perks.


Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must possess a current Top-Secret SCI 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.


Requisition ID: 41105  




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