Group 43--Summer Research Program Intern--Radar Meteorology

Date: Dec 23, 2021

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Group 43—Air Traffic Control Systems


The Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems Group develops and deploys advanced technologies to enable safe, efficient & secure transportation systems. Focus areas include advanced weather sensing and forecasting systems; ATC decision support systems; system architectures and cybersecurity; transportation systems evolution, including unmanned and autonomous systems; and DoD transportation systems optimization. The Group has broad expertise which permits end-to-end advanced technology development and prototyping in all these areas, as well as the agility to respond to emerging threats and opportunities, such as pandemic impacts and recovery. Extensive field evaluations and simulation studies are employed to elicit user needs, ensure user acceptance and to enable the successful transition of new technologies into operational use. Key accomplishments of the Group include the development of the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar and ASR-9 Weather Systems Processor, and deployment of a host of decision support systems at numerous ATC facilities in the United States and beyond. Broader initiatives into transportation logistics, environmental impact reduction, and aviation cybersecurity are also under way.


Job Description: 


Intern – Radar Meteorology.  The successful candidate will join a small team of meteorologists and software engineers working on hydrometeor classification topics using the National Weather Service’s Weather Surveillance Radar 1998 Doppler (WSR-88D).  Classification of non-meteorological targets such as sea clutter, chaff, smoke, and radio frequency interference will be the focus, with specific foci on sea clutter and its associated statistical properties in the polarimetric estimate fields.  Data collection, analysis, archiving, and processing will be common tasks, with the goal of publication on the topics by the end of 2022.  Introductory work in the field of machine learning will be performed at the guidance of the mentors, with a focus on real-time implementable support vector machines and random forests.  Training on advanced weather radar topics will be provided throughout the internship by the mentors.


Interested candidates should have a strong background and interest in radar meteorology.



Experience Requirements:

Experience in the following is required:

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in meteorology or another related field in the physical sciences or engineering
  • Knowledge of radar meteorology and basic statistics
  • Knowledge of MATLAB and/or Python
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on a team and individually, including creative and critical thinking


Experience in the following areas is desired:

  • Experience with the C/C++ programming languages
  • Knowledge of Linux environments



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: 35829 

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