Technical Staff-Systems Analyst

Date: Mar 27, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory




Position Description


Join a talented and diverse team to tackle complex problems and impact the nation!


The Systems and Analysis group analyzes and evaluates concepts vital to maintaining the technological lead of the United States Air Force. Our recommendations inform decision-makers within government and DoD senior leadership and frequently influence future military acquisitions and impact current day missions. Our independent assessments rely on modeling and simulation at the right fidelity, backed by ground and flight testing from our sister group, Tactical Defense Systems.


We work on a broad range of technical topics critical to Air Force missions:


  • Survivability of U.S. Air Force aircraft against air defenses – today and into the future (strike bombers, fighter jets, ISR aircraft, and aerial refueling tankers)
  • Enabling fighter technologies and air combat tactics
  • Tactical sensor performance across the electromagnetic spectrum – radar to infrared
  • Impact of radar jamming and electronic protection techniques
  • Advanced air-to-air missile and air-to-surface weapon capabilities
  • Myth-busting of unconventional technologies for military applications


In the Technical Staff role, you will


  • Learn how to be a Systems Analyst. Our staff excel at approaching large, complex problems by breaking them down into their basic components, analyzing what matters at the appropriate fidelity, and explaining key drivers to non-technical audiences
  • Lead technical analysis projects independently or in small teams, from conception to completion. Projects typically last 3 months to 1 year
  • Execute rapid, quick turn analysis in response to sponsor and senior leader requests. Quick turn briefings are typically delivered within a few days to weeks
  • Collaborate with other staff to research and compile relevant technical information
  • Develop physics-based models at the required precision to support analysis efforts – from back-of-the-envelope calculations to computationally-intensive simulations
  • Present analysis products to internal and external audiences at meetings, conferences, and site visits. This includes working with a team of professional graphic artists to build clear, concise, and technically accurate slides suitable for a wide range of audiences
  • Travel to external meetings to present briefs and interface with the DoD community
  • Mentor other staff and foster development opportunities


Given the wide range of focus areas in our group, we seek the following attributes:


  • Our staff members come from a wide range of academic backgrounds, including physics, astronomy, chemistry, engineering, computer science, mathematics, and economics
  • For this role, we will consider candidates with a PhD in any technical field within science or engineering. An MS with 5+ years of directly related experience will also be considered
  • Strong technical leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to apply talents to new fields at both the technically detailed and big picture level
  • Eagerness to tackle open-ended problems
  • Ability to program in a technical environment (e.g., MATLAB, Python, C++, Java, etc.)
  • Effective communication skills to convey technical concepts in a clear, concise manner to a wide spectrum of audiences
  • Desire to work in support of DoD missions and the ability to learn on-the-job (we do not expect candidates to have any prior experience in military systems)
  • Interest in modeling and simulation. Our group is software-focused, but we do collaborate with other hardware-focused groups to validate our models with test data






MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Group Culture



MIT Lincoln Laboratory sits at the intersection of academia, industry, and government. Our nationally recognized staff work collaboratively to solve some of the nation’s most challenging problems. With the laboratory’s support, we are able to make a meaningful impact while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.



As part of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactical Systems Division of the Laboratory, we team on analysis, prototyping, and testing efforts with other groups. We also leverage tools and expertise from other Divisions when exploring new study areas.



Our group cultivates a highly collaborative workplace, where staff work together on teams drawing on diverse experience levels. Typically, new staff will initially work with a more experienced staff member to get up to speed on analysis topics, then transition to more independent roles. The group values work-life balance, with potential for flexible scheduling to provide a productive atmosphere for staff.



Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion



The group is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We understand that a diverse workplace fosters a creative and productive atmosphere and we are dedicated to making sure that every staff member in the group is supported in their work and that every voice is heard.



Growth Opportunities



The group places a high value on opportunities for staff members to grow their skillset and contribute to the laboratory’s diverse set of efforts:



  • Many staff members collaborate on projects with other groups across the laboratory
  • The laboratory offers courses to all staff covering a wide range of topics, such as radar / infrared technical fundamentals to project management
  • The laboratory also hosts many conferences with government and industry and the group encourages staff to travel to meetings and conferences across the country






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: 40413 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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