Technical Staff - Mission Assurance/Reliability Engineer

Date: Jul 13, 2021

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Mission Assurance Office, (MAO) partners with programs, Divisions, Groups, and Departments to collaboratively achieve mission success by pro-actively identifying and mitigating risks associated with the significant technical level, effort, and expense involved in rapid developmental Laboratory programs.

Job Summary

We are seeking a candidate with significant expertise in mission and quality assurance, including reliability, systems safety, parts, materials, and processes, radiation effects, and quality management systems.  This role is responsible for leading mission assurance activities on programs, improving laboratory processes and standards, and training personnel in performing mission assurance activities. 


The successful candidate is expected to be a subject matter expert in mission and quality assurance.  They will collaborate with program teams to establish and implement mission assurance processes.  The candidate will train engineers, technicians, and team members in proper mission assurance techniques. They will actively engage with program sponsors and participate in requirements development, design decisions, test reviews, supplier selection, risk management, pre-ship reviews, and other program lifecycle activities. The candidate will perform safety and reliability analysis, lead audits, manage anomalies and corrective actions, as well as supporting requirements traceability and verification.  A high level of expertise is required in performing reliability predictions, failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA), parts stress analysis, hazard analysis, fault tree development, lessons learned management, risk and opportunities management, and in leading failure investigations. The candidate must be a good systems thinker and an effective teacher. The candidate needs a thorough and evolving knowledge of both mission assurance and quality assurance best practices covering the full program life cycle.


  • Must have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a similar discipline.  PhD or Master’s degree preferred.
  • Must have familiarity with AS9100/ISO9000 implementation
  • Must have ability to work both within a team environment and independently; must be self-motivated, thorough, and detailed; and must be willing to continually learn and grow
  • Must have extensive experience leading mission assurance on large, complex mission critical systems
  • Must have a minimum of 15 years of experience in reliability, systems safety, and risk management
  • Quality assurance experience desired
  • Experience with worst case analysis desired
  • Background in systems engineering desired
  • History of publishing papers in the area of mission assurance desired
  • Must have effective written/oral communications skills, and experience interacting with sponsors


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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.


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: 32727 

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