CO-OP / Algorithm Developer(Spring/Summer 2022)

Date: Jan 7, 2022

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Job Description

The Surveillance Systems Group ( conducts research on integrated sensing and decision support architecture to support safe and efficient air and surface transportation. We are the world expert in airborne collision avoidance systems for manned aircraft ( and are currently leading efforts to develop systems to support integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Urban Mobility platforms into the US National Airspace System. Integrating UAS into the airspace is a national priority and a key research area for the group. We recently received R&D 100 awards in 2016 and 2017 ( for developments in detect and avoid systems. Advances in autonomy and decision support will bring forth unprecedented changes to safety and efficiency for both air and surface transportation. To support these efforts we apply a broad base of analysis, modeling, optimization and machine learning to develop sensing architectures and decision support tools to ensure safe and efficient operation of autonomous systems.


We are looking for a Spring/Summer CO-OP with an interest in applied engineering, modeling and simulation and algorithm development to support the development of UAS Detect and Avoid systems that may incorporate radar and optical sensors and cooperative surveillance such as beacon surveillance and Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B). Example problem areas include analysis and algorithm development for surveillance and tracking algorithms, collision avoidance logic, and evaulating system performance for aircraft separation and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) collision avoidance applications. Activities will include algorithm development and assessment, modeling, simulation and data analysis. Additional responsibilities may include participation in test planning and flight test operations, as well analysis and presentation of data collected during field tests. The selected intern will be asked to carry out these tasks under the mentor-ship and supervision of a member of the Lincoln Laboratory staff. At the end of this time period, the student will be expected to present the results of his/her work.


Required qualifications:

  - Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, Mathematics, or computer science

  - Experience programming with Matlab

  - Ability to work in a team environment

  - Clear communication skills to a wide spectrum of audiences

Desired qualifications:

  - Experience developing algorithms and mathematical models in a simulation environment

  - Knowledge in the fields of probability theory and software development

  - Experience in other programming languages such as C++ or java


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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.


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