Associate Staff - Engineering

Date: May 13, 2023

Location: Westford, 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 and architectures.  The successful candidate will work in multi-disciplinary teams leading small projects and executing technical research. Activities may include communications with government sponsors and the broader space community, documentation of engineering designs and reports, and the independent creation of solutions to technical challenges. 


Applicants must have significant coursework and/or experience in at least one of the following areas:  RF systems, digital (FPGA-based) circuits and/or embedded systems.


M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or other relevant technical field.  A B.S. and at least 3 years of relevant experience will be considered.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with others respectfully and develop productive working relationships
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication
  • Familiarity with C/C++, MATLAB, Python, or other scientific programming languages
  • Experience writing VHDL, Verilog, and/or SystemVerilog, creating constraint files, and designing test benches
  • Experience taking an FPGA design from simulation to on-board implementation
  • Experience with Xilinx’s Vivado and PetaLinux tools
  • Familiarity with working on Linux machines
  • Signal processing knowledge is a plus

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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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