Group 101--Summer Research Program Intern - ISR Systems & Architectures

Date: Feb 6, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The ISR Systems and Architectures Group performs analysis and experimentation to develop concepts for filling critical gaps in U.S. Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.  This work includes evaluating mission needs by considering future operational scenarios, and developing options for addressing these needs through advanced technologies and novel system concepts.   Studies within the group cover a broad range of technical areas, including advanced sensor systems, new platforms, communications, navigation solutions, and data exploitation approaches.  The analyses performed by the group can lead to experimental test campaigns to collect data to verify modeling results and have also generated opportunities for hardware and software prototyping at Lincoln Laboratory.  The analysis topics and questions are typically posed by senior leaders in the Department of Defense, and the work of the group is briefed out widely to help inform critical decisions and impact future acquisitions.

Job Description

The Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Architectures Group is seeking a summer intern to work on a project related to the modeling and analysis of ISR and tactical systems.  Specific areas of study include sensor systems, communications systems, navigation systems, or aircraft studies.  The summer project will include the development of mathematical models of system performance based on physical principles and engineering, and the implementation of the models in the MATLAB programming language.  This work will build upon existing physics-based simulations, data analysis activities, and/or algorithm assessments within the group.  The summer intern will create and demonstrate one or more new modeling capabilities, and will use the models to perform analysis to answer a mission-relevant question.  Within the Group’s areas of study, summer projects can be adapted to match candidates’ unique interests or skills.  The summer intern will work closely with a mentor from the ISR Systems and Architectures Group technical staff.


The successful intern will be an undergraduate (sophomore year or higher) or graduate student (master’s degree or PhD candidate) with a major in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautics/astronautics, computer science, or software engineering. Experience with MATLAB or a similar programming language is required.

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: 40490 

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