Associate Staff - Engineering

Date: Nov 14, 2022

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


  • The candidate will support the planning and execution of laboratory, field, and flight testing of various one-of-a-kind advanced radio-frequency (RF), infrared (IR), and optical sensors
  • The candidate will develop a detailed understanding of the sensors, operate them during test execution, and collect critical test data
  • The candidate will perform detailed analysis on the collected test data and work with a team to assemble test reports
  • Additional responsibilities include supporting the design, development, integration, or verification of testbeds, radars, or infrared sensors to support future testing
  • Participation in test planning and field test operations, as well as analysis and presentation of data collected during field tests
  • The ideal candidate is self-driven, has effective communication skills, and is comfortable working with fellow engineers to execute tests and create complete end-to-end systems
  • Significant domestic travel to support field and flight test campaigns will be required




  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or related field
  • In lieu of a Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of directly applicable experience will be considered
  • Practical test experience with RF, IR, radar or optical sensors and data analysis
  • Design and assembly of hardware or software systems, embedded systems, signal/image processing or data collection systems in the RF, radar or optical domains is desired
  • Knowledge of automated design tools, software engineering languages such as C/C++, or experience with data analysis tools such as MATLAB is required
  • Ability to demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills is essential


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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.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

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: 38103 

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