Group 106--Summer Research Program Intern (Active Optical Systems)

Date: Apr 9, 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.

Job Description


EO/IR Electronics, Software, and Firmware Development


The Active Optical Systems Group seeks a highly motivated problem-solver who is interested in working with a team to develop the next generation of advanced EO/IR and Ladar systems. The individual is expected to support the development of interfacing, processing, and visualization software for novel prototype systems, as well as work with a team to design and optimize algorithms for data acquisition and reduction, image processing and 3D lidar point-cloud generation and interpretation. 


The successful candidate will be pursuing a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent. Course work and programming experience in one or more of the following programming languages required: C, C++, scripting, Python, and MATLAB.  Demonstrated ability to work from high-level algorithm descriptions and excellent communications skills 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.


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: 40765 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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