Tech Staff (Group 92)

Date: Apr 13, 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/infrared (EO/IR) and radio frequency (RF) sensors and resilient space systems critical to our National Security and to National space science.  We support sensor development and operations with some of the world’s most exquisite optical and radar systems at locations including the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC) in Westford, MA, the Experimental Test Site in Socorro, NM, the U. S. Army Reagan Test Site at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and the Space Surveillance Telescope in Exmouth, Australia.


Our team regularly develops projects from fundamental concepts and sees them through to successful demonstrations.  Recent examples include transmitter and receiver upgrades on the world’s most sensitive radars, integration of a state-of-the-art space telescope, development of advanced signal processing techniques, fully automated high resolution image processing, 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 candidate to help design and build the next generation of space surveillance sensors.  The successful candidate will work in multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to prototype and demonstrate innovative concepts leveraging real-world data and access to world-class sensors.  Assignments will require the candidate to work independently and 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.




  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or other relevant technical field.  An M.S. and at least 5 years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve broad technical problems and complex engineering challenges
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and develop strong working relationships
  • Strong understanding of RF signal processing techniques
  • Familiarity with C/C++, MATLAB, Python, or other scientific programming languages

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: 40687 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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