Assistant Staff-Engineering

Date: Mar 28, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


The Tactical Defense Systems Group works to understand air defense issues, in particular, air vehicle survivability, vulnerability of U.S. Air Force (USAF) aircraft to weapons systems, electronic countermeasures, and air surveillance for homeland defense. The group focuses on understanding USAF and threat air defense systems through tests and measurements. Test activities include flight, field, and laboratory testing. The group operates three airplanes, all highly instrumented, and numerous ground systems as needed for test efforts. The group also develops new hardware for testing and prototype systems as well as for instrumenting existing sensors. There are a few major field-testing campaigns each year. Local testing is used to validate flight readiness. Data collected from testing are analyzed and compared with models in concert with Group 109, Systems and Analysis. The group's activities continue to evolve in parallel with USAF efforts, but the emphasis remains on providing answers to questions from our Air Force sponsors by conducting field measurements using state-of-the-art instrumentation and then analyzing the resulting data.


Position Description


Do you want to work on impactful programs of importance to our nation’s security?  MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center that takes on challenging problems and values its employees.  We offer amazing benefits, career mentoring, and opportunities for growth with a focus on work/life balance.  We build diverse and high performing teams to tackle some of the nation’s toughest problems.  Come work with us to help us execute our mission of technology in support of national security.     


The Tactical Defense Systems Group works to find the best ways to protect U.S. Air Force vehicles.  We study vulnerability to radar and infrared sensors as well as novel sensing modalities.  The group focuses on understanding threats through tests and measurements. Test activities include flight, field, and laboratory testing. The group operates two highly instrumented airplanes and numerous ground systems. We prototype advanced sensor concepts and add instrumentation to existing sensors. The group provides answers to survivability questions from our Air Force sponsors by conducting field measurements, analyzing data, and comparing the results to modeling and simulation.  We recommend investments in future USAF systems and present our advice to high-level decision makers in the DoD.


What You Will Do


  • Assist with the development of testbeds to support laboratory and field testing with ground and airborne systems
  • Design, code, test, integrate, and maintain various radar and optical system testbeds
  • Operate one-of-a-kind sensor systems to collect detailed data for answering key questions related to air defense issues
  • Perform data analysis on collected data and generate presentations for senior leaders to advise acquisition decisions


How You Will Grow


  • Receive mentoring from experts in the field
  • Opportunities to work across the full life cycle of advanced sensor testbeds: system design, fabrication, integration checkout, lab/field/flight testing, and detailed data analysis
  • Work as part of a team, as well as with component and system vendors, to build robust testbed systems
  • Learn the art of technical storytelling and develop strategies for giving briefings


Minimum Requirements


  • B.S. or B.A. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or related field
  • 1-5 years of directly related experience in a research or development environment.  Experience may be in an academic or commercial setting.
  • Experience with one or more of the following:  software development, user interface development, real time software, run time optimization, system architecture design, integration of hardware and software, MATLAB, C++, FPGA, digital design, digital signal processing, image processing, data analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning
  • Effective oral and written communications skills


Preferred Qualifications


  • Laboratory, field, and/or flight test experience






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 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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