Tech Staff - Engineering

Date: Jun 6, 2019

Location: MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group develops systems, advanced technology and rapid prototypes to counter threat proliferation, and to rapidly detect and attribute threat events as well as enabling threat impact mitigation and recovery.  The Group’s emphasis spans the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives threat space. Principal sponsors are the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. The work of this Group is highly interdisciplinary and agile; as a result, the backgrounds of the researchers and program teams are diverse and offer many opportunities for the development of new skill sets. Rigorous systems analyses are used to produce system architectures and recommend research areas to guide government investment. These analyses are grounded by modeling and simulation of threats, operationally realistic characterization efforts, and evaluation of defense capabilities. Where needed, advanced technology development, rapid prototyping, and testing is conducted, which often requires experimentation in both laboratory and operational settings. Experimentation spans across the evaluation of existing methods, novel method development, method and technology integration, and evaluation and optimization of full systems. Research is often coordinated with inputs from stakeholder communities such that results map to operational requirements. 


Job Description


Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, General Engineering, Aero/Astro Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or other relevant science and engineering programs. In lieu of a Ph.D., a master's degree with 5+ years of directly related experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will have successfully demonstrated the application of their expertise to real-world engineering problem sets. Ability to successfully lead and participate in large teams, demonstration of innovative, multi-disciplinary research experience, and the ability to work well independently is highly desired. The ideal candidate should have experience and knowledge of system design, rapid prototyping, and a broad range of engineering topics in order to develop unique solutions to complex problems. Anticipated projects will entail the design and development of novel autonomous systems, integration of optical, chemical and biological sensors and robotic platforms, unique test beds for maritime and aerial environments, and virtual and augmented reality tools as well as the application of other state of the art technologies to chemical and biological defense and counter-proliferation challenges. Extensive experience designing prototypes and leading experimental test and evaluation campaigns is necessary. Experience with Computer-Aided Design (CAD), 3D printing, LabView, and MATLAB and the desire to work in a fast-paced, agile environment is highly preferred. Position also requires some participation in conducting field experiments, which may require up to 30% travel.

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