Software Developer - Tech Staff

Date: Jun 9, 2022

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Group 22—Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD) Systems Group. The C-WMD Systems Group develops systems and technology for preparedness, as well as the characterization, detection, mitigation, medical response, remediation, and attribution of CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) threats. Principal sponsors are the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. The work of the group is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary. Accordingly, the backgrounds of the researchers and program teams are diverse.  As a software developer you will work with your team to understand and support C-WMD mission area success, by developing software and providing guidance related to software architectures and options, determining which is best suited for a given situation. As needed, technology development and testing may be conducted, which may also involve testing in a laboratory and/or in operational settings. Such experimentation can span the evaluation of chemical, biological, explosive and radiological defense technologies, methods, and prototyping efforts. Research is also often conducted in collaboration with stakeholder and first responder communities.

Job Description

The C-WMD Systems Group is seeking an Associate Staff member to support software development efforts over a broad range of technology areas to address key stakeholder needs and further the Group’s core C-WMD mission areas. Examples of problems include: assessing sensors and sensing architectures to enable rapid detection of biological and chemical attacks; defining performance requirements for new sensing systems to detect biological and chemical threats; and evaluating technologies and architecture concepts to aid in advanced situational awareness. This often includes the development of software and related products in coordination with stakeholder communities to incorporate operational constraints, requirements, and concepts of operation. The staff member may also support the design, prototyping and field testing of prototype homeland protection systems. Activities within the group are highly collaborative and multidisciplinary. The C-WMD Systems Group draws from a very diverse talent pool across the fields of engineering (e.g., electrical, mechanical, chemical, biomedical, general), physics, mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and biology. Staff members work in a team environment to study a broad range of key technical questions to countering the proliferation and use of WMDs. Software development activities in the Group include assisting with software and hardware integration into prototype sensor systems, implementing real-time data analytics, database integration, building web-based applications, and creating serious games to collect data for analysis.


Ph.D. in Computer Science, Game Design Development, Software Engineering, or related scientific field, or equivalent experience in software development. Demonstrated skills in software development best practices (e.g., version control, QA, CI/CD, testing, UI development) and in a several languages and platforms among the following: C#, C++, Unity, Java, JavaScript, Python, Matlab and SQL, is highly desired, along with the willingness to learn additional languages and platforms as needed. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with a wide spectrum of audiences and ability to collaborate within multidisciplinary teams is also highly desired. 


We welcome you to apply to become an impactful member of our team. MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a diverse workplace with excellent family benefits, mentorship programs and volunteer opportunities.

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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.

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