Group 66--Summer Research Program Intern (Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations)

Date: Apr 15, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


MIT Lincoln Laboratory, located in Lexington, Massachusetts, is a United States Department of Defense research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. The Laboratory provides technical expertise to the US government in domains ranging from cybersecurity to novel radar design to advanced microelectronics, and more.


The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group develops, builds, tests, and operates laser communications systems for a variety of applications and environments. Lasercom offers dramatically increased data rates and enhanced physical security relative to standard radio frequency-based communications systems. The Group has expertise in communications; optics; electro-optics; optical turbulence mitigation; precise pointing control systems; embedded systems; command, control, and telemetry; test set design and fabrication; data analysis; modeling; and simulation.

Job Responsibilities:


The Summer Intern will contribute to efforts as part of a Lasercom prototype build program, and will take ownership of a technical project to be completed and presented by the end of the internship term


Specific responsibilities will be determined based on the current needs of the Group and active programs, and influenced by the technical background and interests of the Summer Intern. Basic responsibilities may include software development, embedded system design, control systems development, and data analysis.


The student will be engaged in experimentation and iterative testing to fully explore and develop the capabilities of the system, and will build a theoretical understanding of the bigger picture and Lasercom as a technical field.

Experience in the following areas is required:


  • Candidate for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate level degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or related field, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Ability to quickly learn new technical areas and apply that knowledge effectively to solve challenging mission problems
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills. The ability to articulate solutions to engineers in other disciplines who possess little understanding of software and/or electronic systems
  • Either:
    • Proficiency with embedded systems, control, digital and analog circuit design and testing
    • Proficiency with C/C++, Python, or similar language

Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired:


  • Background in signal processing for real systems and model-based simulations
  • Background in Linux real-time operating systems
  • Strong understanding of software interfaces with hardware peripherals and serial data interfaces


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: 40844 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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