CO-OP Student

Date: Jun 11, 2021

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Job Title:

Software Engineering CO-OP Student

Laboratory Description:

MIT Lincoln Laboratory, located in Lexington, Massachusetts, is a United States Department of Defense research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. The Laboratory provides technical expertise to the US government in domains ranging from cybersecurity to novel radar design to advanced microelectronics, and more.

Group Description:

The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group develops, builds, tests, and operates laser communications systems for a variety of applications and environments. Lasercom offers dramatically increased data rates and enhanced physical security relative to standard radio frequency-based communications systems. The Group has expertise in communications; optics; electro-optics; optical turbulence mitigation; precise pointing control systems; embedded systems; command, control, and telemetry; test set design and fabrication; data analysis; modeling; and simulation.

Job Description and Team Environment:

The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group seeks Co-Op students to engage in design, modeling, and/or development of software and analysis tools for complex communication systems.

The successful candidates must be working on a PhD, MS, or BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science and have the ability to work with abstract concepts. Skills and experience in one or more of the following areas are required: C/C++ and/or Java, database design, graphical user interfaces, XML or JSON data interchange format, and data analysis techniques. A background in signal processing or digital communications is beneficial, but not required. Experience with MATLAB is beneficial, but not required.


Experience in the following areas is required:

  • Candidate for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate level degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Ability to quickly learn new technical areas and apply that knowledge effectively to solve challenging mission problems
  • Good communication skills: willingness to listen to the needs of customers and the ability to articulate solutions to engineers in other disciplines who possess little understanding of software systems
  • Proficient with C/C++ and Java programming languages, familiarity with XML or JSON data interchange format
  • Knowledge to develop, implement, test and evaluate software algorithms and functions

Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired:

  • Background in signal processing
  • Knowledge in database design and working with large data sets
  • Strong background in Unified Modeling Language (UML) and understanding of the associated behavioral and structural diagrams describing software
  • Proficient at high-level prototyping software languages such as MATLAB Simulink

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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.


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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