Group 92: Summer Research Program Intern (Optical Sensors)

Date: Feb 12, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


The nation’s satellites perform important civil, scientific, and national defense functions such as navigation, communications, weather forecasting, astronomical observations, and surveillance.  As space becomes increasingly congested and contested, maintaining awareness of all man-made objects around the Earth is critical for ensuring the safe and effective operation of U.S. satellites.  The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group develops and operates electro-optical (EO) and radio frequency (RF) sensors and resilient space systems critical to maintaining this awareness of the space domain.  We develop and operate some of the world’s most exquisite optical and radar systems from our main campus in Lexington, MA, with additional opportunities at locations including the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC) in Westford, MA, the Experimental Test Site in Socorro, NM, and the U. S. Army Reagan Test Site at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. 


Our team regularly develops capabilities from fundamental concepts and sees them through to successful operation.  Recent examples include transmitter and receiver upgrades on the world’s most sensitive radars, integration and operation of a state-of-the-art space telescope, development of advanced signal processing techniques, development of fully automated high-resolution image processing capabilities, demonstration of high-precision multi-sensor data fusion, and design and demonstration of long-baseline coherent receive apertures.

Job Description


The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group is seeking a student intern to help develop algorithms that will process data collected with optical telescopes.  Assignments will require the candidate to work in a team environment.  Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential for this role.  We are seeking highly motivated, exceptionally bright and creative individuals who can think broadly, analyze complex problems, implement solutions in a rapid prototyping environment, and who wish to contribute to the development of cutting-edge technology in support of National Security.



  • Enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Aeronautical Engineering or other relevant technical field, and having completed at least two years of undergraduate work
  • Strong engineering and mathematical skills
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication
  • Ability to work in a team environment and develop strong working relationships
  • Familiarity with MATLAB, Python, or other scientific programming languages


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: 40721 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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