Group 66-Summer Research Program Intern

Date: Feb 24, 2023

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.

Examples of Job Descriptions:


The Summer Intern will conduct statistical analysis to characterize 1550 nm and midwave lasercom channel propagation.  The data shall be obtained by experimental methods and will need to be organized and characterized.  The analysis will be in support of channel model generation.  A background in statistics and/or atmospheric turbulence theory is ideal but the desire to learn is a must.  The ability to characterize complex concepts within modeling languages is required, preferably in Matlab. 


The Summer Intern will conduct a design and analysis of a low noise integrating amplifier for use in a PAT Lasercom system. The student would be responsible for the design, test and iteration of the device.


The Summer intern will help design testbeds to analyze pointing, acquisition and tracking algorithms. Controller systems are in C++, data analysis in Matlab.

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
  • Knowledge to develop, implement, test and evaluate novel algorithms and concepts


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

  • Background in signal processing
  • Background in linux real-time operating systems
  • Proficiency in high-level prototyping software languages such as MATLAB Simulink


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.

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