Group 105--Summer Research Program Intern (Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques)

Date: Feb 11, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Radar Signal Processing Engineer Internship


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is seeking talented and ambitious candidates to fill Radar Signal Processing Engineer internship positions. This is an exciting opportunity to work within our inclusive team where you will contribute to the development of cutting-edge radar signal processing solutions. Whether you're pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field, we welcome you to apply your skills and passion to our real-world projects.


As a member of the Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, you will work on high-performance sensor systems as part of a team with diverse technical backgrounds. We prototype radar and imaging sensors for wide-area surveillance, and work to mature algorithms to detect small objects in challenging environments. Projects typically involve a mix of hardware and software development, as well as algorithm design. Teams work together to understand foundational physical principles, design and build one-of-a-kind sensor systems, architect and execute flight test data collections, develop and integrate novel processing techniques, and explore advanced countermeasures that degrade sensor performance. Staff projects typically partner across the Department of Defense to transition work onto platforms that operate around the globe, and perform impactful and relevant missions.


  • Collaborate alongside experienced engineers to create and enhance radar signal processing algorithms that elevate target detection, tracking, and identification capabilities.
  • Gain hands-on experience in analyzing radar data, extracting insights, and improving system performance.
  • Participate in projects that involve the latest advancements in signal processing and radar technology.
  • Develop and simulate signal processing algorithms, using tools like MATLAB, Python, or similar.
  • Have the opportunity to explore real-time algorithm implementation on embedded platforms.
  • Present your contributions and findings to your peers.


  • Enrollment in a degree program for Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • Enthusiasm for digital signal processing techniques, with an interest in filtering, modulation, and estimation.
  • Basic programming skills in a language such as MATLAB, Python, C/C++.
  • Familiarity with radar systems or a willingness to learn about their components and challenges.
  • Exposure to machine learning concepts is optional, but advantageous.
  • Effective problem-solving skills, a collaborative mindset, and strong communication abilities.
  • An eagerness to learn, innovate, and contribute to a diverse team environment.


At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, we celebrate diversity and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. This internship offers a unique chance to learn and make a meaningful impact on radar technology. If you're a forward-thinking student who is passionate about signal processing and radar innovation, we look forward to receiving your application!


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: 40608 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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