Lasercom GN&C Engineeer (Tech Staff)

Date: Mar 28, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


We design, prototype, analyze, and test laser communications systems suitable for a variety of government platforms. Our research team develops techniques to mitigate fluctuations in signal power caused by turbulence and to lessen wavefront distortions. We perform atmospheric modeling and simulation, and build accurate acquisition, tracking, and pointing subsystems to support highly directional, low-probability-of-intercept communication links. Our major efforts include the demonstration of a low-cost, high-performance airborne laser communications terminal and development of a test capability to ensure interoperability among terminals.

Job Description:

You will be responsible for supporting the end-to-end development of guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) subsystems for lasercom terminals (orbital, airborne, and ground). You will participate in the design, implementation, and verification of GN&C algorithms. You will work closely with other controls engineers on a pointing, acquisition, and tracking (PAT) team in the development of embedded software, test infrastructure, and software tools used to design, build, and test lasercom systems. Your contributions will play a key role in transitioning novel algorithm development from R&D into production.


Engineering opportunities exist at multiple experience levels. Roles are focused on algorithm design and software engineering, and span a diverse range of technical responsibilities: task and project leadership, individual contributor for novel algorithm development, design/implementation of test software and tooling for algorithm verification and validation, and continuous improvement initiatives for software-engineering processes.


You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and sometimes uncertain environment while contributing to innovative solutions and demonstrating personal leadership, technical excellence, and attention to detail.  You should also be willing to document your work, and be comfortable presenting it to technical management, to non-technical sponsors, and at technical conferences.


•            Support design studies and develop prototype GN&C system solutions

•            Establish and build GN&C software architectures and system components in MATLAB and/or C/C++

•            Perform analyses, including covariance and Monte-Carlo simulations, to support engineering activities (model-based design, concept feasibility analysis, error budgeting, and requirements flow-down)

•            Develop system-level requirements, decompose requirements and flow down to lower levels, and perform trade studies

•            Develop navigation analysis tools and conduct predictive-performance analyses

•            Implement and test algorithms in hardware, both in the laboratory and in field demonstrations


•            Ph.D. in Electrical/ Mechanical/ Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, or Physics, or M.S. with 5+ years of experience. 

•            Experience in algorithm development with MATLAB and/or C/C++

•            Experience in development and testing of sensors and control actuators

•            Experience in implementation and testing of GN&C software and hardware

•            Experience with state-estimation algorithms and Kalman filters

•            Proficiency in digital signals and systems (FIR/IIR filters, LTI system models, Fourier transforms)

•            Ability to continuously manage risk and apply lean software development techniques

•            Strong technical communication skills, both written and presentation


•            Five years of design experience

•            Experience with software verification and hardware-in-the-loop testing

•            Experience in embedded software development for Linux and/or real-time operating systems

•            Experience in full development lifecycle of GN&C subsystem

•            Familiarity with optical or RF communication systems

At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include: 

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans
  • MIT-funded pension
  • Matching 401K
  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)
  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs
  • Mentorship programs
  • A range of work-life balance options
  • ... and much more!  


Please visit our Benefits page for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary benefits, discounts and perks.


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: 40840 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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