EO/IR Scientist-Technical Staff

Date: Jun 30, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


The Active Optical Systems Group develops and fields unique, world-class optical sensor systems across multiple mission areas of national importance.  Our Group has a history of successful innovations; we have fielded a high-area coverage rate foliage-penetrating 3D imaging lidar using single photon-sensitive detector arrays; we developed a novel ultra-wideband coherent lidar; and we have MIT LL digital pixel focal plane array technology to develop unique passive IR sensors.  These systems leverage our Groups’ creativity; over the past decade, our staff have filed 25 technology disclosures and have been granted 12 patents. Additionally, our group projects have won multiple R&D100 Awards, a prestigious innovation award honoring revolutionary ideas in science and technology.  Our portfolio of programs spans smaller, high-risk, high-reward seedling studies and experiments that explore novel techniques and technologies to the fielding of larger, more mature systems that are designed, developed and integrated onto target platforms, such as aircraft.  We host world-class expertise in optical phenomenology, optical sensors, high-speed embedded processing, and data exploitation and visualization algorithms.  We are a diverse, dedicated and innovative Group looking for exceptional candidates to help us build the next generation of optical sensors.



Position Description


We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong background in experimental optics who is also adept in data analysis and modeling to help develop next generation advanced EO/IR systems. The individual is expected to participate in all aspects of technology development spanning design, modeling, laboratory testing, integration, field collection, and data analysis.




Doctorate in physics, electrical engineering or equivalent.  In lieu of a Doctorate, a Master's degree and 4+ years of experience will be considered.  Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired:  laser radar, optical remote sensing, non-linear optics, optical spectroscopy, or infrared system analysis, computational imaging/algorithm development


Desired Skills


Strong experimental and analytical/modeling skills; adept in statistical data analysis; willingness to travel and strong presentation skills desirable.





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.


Requisition ID: 40150 

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