Real-Time Embedded Processing Engineer

Date: Dec 2, 2022

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Group 102 (Embedded and Open Systems) is developing cutting-edge technology in four main areas:


  • Rapid system prototyping, exploiting advanced embedded hardware and software. Examples of this technology include a surface surveillance system and an embedded hardware board for a modern missile under very stringent size, weight, and power constraints.
  • Development of open system standards, pioneering some of the most efficient libraries for signal and image processing.
  • Hardware implementations, including demonstrations of record-breaking throughput utilizing unique implementation approaches for both very-large-scale integration (VLSI) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
  • Distributed storage and distributed processing for application in network computing, a new area pioneered by MIT Lincoln Laboratory for demonstration of grid computing on a massively parallel scale. The Laboratory has implemented a trillions-of-operations-per-second cluster with approximately 1,500 processors.

Position Description

We are looking for talented engineers who can contribute to research and prototyping efforts to create advanced power-efficient, real-time embedded systems that integrate custom and commercial computational hardware, digital signal processing, artificial intelligence, and software to meet challenging operational requirements. In this position you will be a member of one or more technical teams requiring active collaboration with your colleagues to optimize solutions and implement them in laboratory and deployed systems. We need our engineers to be versatile, innovative, and be able to participate in high-performing multi-disciplinary teams that produce world-class results.

Help drive our future technology by:

  • Being a technical contributor to the research, design, development, prototyping, and transition of next-generation, tactical-edge, low-power embedded processing solutions.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of advanced real-time system architectures to meet challenging mission-driven size, weight, and power requirements using advanced hardware/software/algorithm co-design approaches.
  • Collaborating with multi-disciplinary technical teams to realize, evaluate, and iteratively refine complex system prototypes.
  • Participating in the implementation and demonstration of advanced hardware/software systems for use within MIT Lincoln Laboratory and across the broader Department of Defense R&D and operational communities.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields
  • Proven experience and background in one or more of these technical areas: computer architecture, digital design, embedded software development, or digital signal processing.
  • Development experience with one or more processing technologies: ASICs, FPGAs, GPUs, microprocessors
  • Proven experience with one or more high-level programming languages such as Matlab, Python, or C/C++
  • Ability to quickly and independently learn new design techniques and tools leveraging online training and specialized resources.
  • Ability to organize and present experimental data
  • Effective written and oral communications skills with multi-disciplinary technical team environments.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a government (DoD) security clearance
  • U.S. Citizenship required

You will stand out if you demonstrate any of the following:

  • Experience with digital signal processing and/or artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques and their computational acceleration
  • Experience with DoD radar, electronic warfare, or RF communications systems
  • Experience with the implementation of linear algebra techniques
  • Experience with industry standard design tools
  • Experience with hardware design including at least one Hardware Description Language (VHDL or Verilog)
  • Experience with multiple prototyping tools/languages/operating systems
  • A willingness to participate in field operations such as system integration and test campaigns
  • Current in scope Secret or Top-Secret level DoD security clearance

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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.




Requisition ID: 36417 

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