Tech Staff

Date: Jan 18, 2023

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Interceptor and Sensor Technology Group supports the development of advanced sensor and
interceptor technologies and for use in future surveillance, missile defense and air defense systems. The
Group is currently supporting programs in the development of air and space-based visible and infrared
sensors and state of the art hypersonic vehicle modeling frameworks that include advanced control,
guidance, and interceptor technologies for missile defense. The group is also developing and evaluating
seeker and missile system technology to counter hypersonic, cruise, and ballistic missile threats. These
programs cover a range of activities including prototyping of advanced electro-optical sensors and
algorithms, laboratory testing and phenomenology, mission simulations and modeling, field and flight
tests, and data analysis and exploitation.

Full Technical Staff: Hypersonic Vehicle Analysis, Phenomenology, Simulation, Design


The Interceptor and Sensor Technology Group is searching for a candidate to be part of our advanced
interceptor and hypersonic project teams. Current and previous programs included work in: modeling of
rocket and hypersonic vehicle systems, advanced computational fluid dynamics and related
phenomenology, hypersonic vehicle design and flight dynamics, interceptor seeker analysis and
modeling, development of advanced guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) algorithms, and advanced
aero-thermo-mechanical-optical physics and phenomenology.

About Our Group


Our group works in a dynamic and collaborative environment that includes multi-disciplinary teams and analysis.


Work categories include:

  • Analysis related to hypersonic defense, including assessing challenges and developing innovative solutions, leveraging novel simulation frameworks and advanced modeling and simulation capabilities
  • Development of techniques to better understand the impacts of hypersonic environments (i.e. simulation and performance modeling of the aerothermal environment and phenomenology) with a focus on determining system implications
  • Translation of analysis results into opportunities for technology prototyping and experimental design, including benchtop, wind tunnels, and shock tubes, at both Lincoln Laboratory and national-level facilities


The candidate should have strong analytic skills and have demonstrated an ability to use industry
standard simulation tools and software frameworks. Examples include: US3D, CART3D, Python, MATLAB.
Prior experience on projects leveraging tools to create models, analyze data, and characterize and assess
performance of systems is required. Prior experience with interceptors, aerodynamics,
aerothermodynamics, missile guidance and control, hypersonic vehicle design, vehicle/mission
optimization, optical and RF sensor and seeker systems, and phenomenology, is desired.
The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to work on a variety of technical problems, both
individually and as a member of a team, and be capable of independently setting personal goals to
coordinate and meet the priorities of different projects in a timely manner. A successful candidate will
possess a significant amount of initiative in performing independent research and project execution
setting and meeting critical milestones as well as participating in a fast paced collaborative environment.
In addition, candidates with strong communication and presentation skills are desired. Opportunities for
presenting and collaborating with a variety of audiences including both technical and non-technical
peers and sponsors will be part of future project elements.


  • PhD or MS with 5 years experience; Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Optics, Physics or Mathematics; 3.5 minimum GPA.


  • Experience utilizing MATLAB, Python or equivalent. US3D or other Hypersonic phenomenology and modeling tools, prior modeling of advanced vehicle guidance and control algorithms


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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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