Radar Systems Engineer

Date: Mar 9, 2023

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


The Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques group at Lincoln Laboratory develops advanced, all-weather long-range sensing capabilities for the Department of Defense.  This includes systems to detect very challenging threats, as well as radar imagery, and advanced countermeasures to degrade the performance of adversary radar systems.  Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), whose core mission is technology in support of national security.  As such, the role of the lab is to provide objective advice and to provide the best solutions to the government, not simply promoting our own systems.  The group works at every stage of radar sensor development, from designing operational concepts with pen and paper studies to gathering real world data, developing novel processing techniques, building hardware prototypes, developing test plans, demonstrating real time operations and working with operational platforms to deploy new techniques in the field.  This requires a team with a broad range of backgrounds, and our team includes scientists familiar with sensing systems, mathematicians who can develop algorithms, hardware engineers who can build RF systems.  Our group seeks a diverse set of technical and non-technical backgrounds, emphasizing creative problem solving and a “design it – build it – test it” approach to radar challenges.  Staff have opportunities to design and build end-to-end working systems and test those systems on one of our two aircraft testbeds.  This position is ideal for mathematicians, engineers and scientists who have curiosity and a broad range of interest, and a talent for determining what really drives a problem.  Lincoln Laboratory maintains a relatively flat structure, and staff are empowered to propose and run technical programs on their own initiative with support of management.  Group staff solve the most challenging real-world problems that have a direct impact on the Nation.  We solve problems that really matter.



The Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques group is able to support all of these activities by our strong multidisciplinary teams.  Staff at all levels are encouraged to develop and lead teams that enable us to leverage everyone’s unique skill set.  The Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques group houses some of the top world experts in radar systems, including an IEEE president and several IEEE fellows, who work in an inclusive and supportive environment to bring great ideas into reality.  Lincoln Laboratory’s collaborative atmosphere supports and rewards self-starters and curious individuals with creative approaches to some of the most difficult problems in the world, and this enables us to accomplish great things.


Position Description


The group is seeking a radar systems engineer to contribute across our “design it – build it – test it” approach. We have opportunities for specialists, with deep and specific domain knowledge, as well as generalists, who offer a top-down perspective. As such, this position has few required skills and a variety of desired skills. The successful candidate will possess a strong technical foundation and some of these desired skills and should expect to learn many of the others working with our world-class team.




  • Masters degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mathematics, physics, or a related field.  In lieu of a Masters, a B.S. with 3 years of related experience will be considered
  • Proficiency with a high level programming language such as MATLAB or Python



  • Analysis and modeling of electromagnetic phenomenology
  • Data analysis
  • Design and application of AI/ML classification techniques
  • Design, fabrication, and/or testing of RF systems hardware
  • Design and execution of field testing or data collection campaigns
  • Development and/or analysis of signal processing techniques
  • Implementation of real-time signal processing algorithms
  • Radar signal processing
  • Radar systems design
  • Radar systems modeling
  • Prototyping
  • Strong communication and teaming skills
  • Systems architecture and analysis


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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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