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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Assoc Staff - Engineering in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group design, prototype, analyze, and test laser communications systems suitable for a variety of government platforms. Our research team develops techniques to mitigate fluctuations in signal power caused by turbulence and to lessen wavefront distortions. We perform atmospheric modeling and simulation, and build accurate acquisition, tracking, and pointing subsystems to support highly directional, low-probability-of-intercept communication links. Our major efforts include the demonstration of a low-cost, high-performance airborne laser communications terminal and development of a test capability to ensure interoperability among terminals.

Job Description:

The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group seeks a full time Staff member to perform a variety of analysis-related tasks, which may include:

  • Working collaboratively with engineers to develop understanding and intuition of system or subsystem performance, for design/performance optimization or troubleshooting

  • Performing or contributing to system trade studies, providing analysis and developing recommendations / requirements to shape architectural development and system design

  • Assessing, maintaining, and improving the Group’s analysis toolkits thru the use of different program languages like matlab, python, C/C+

    • Assisting in new concept development, and providing the analysis / simulations to prove out and understand limitations of concepts
  • Documenting, communicating (oral and written), and generating visualizations of results

  • The candidate should be highly motivated and proactive, working closely with a small dynamic team, solving challenging problems with direct benefit to the US Government.

  • The candidate should be motivated to learn and understand the systems being modeled/tested, in addition to performing data analysis and visualization.


  • Master's of Science in Electrical or other Engineering discipline, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, or similar discipline, with experience analyzing, modeling, interpreting, and visualizing data or a Bachelor's of Science with 5+ years of experience.

  • Experience with MATLAB, or a willingness to learn MATLAB and experience with similar tools

  • Experience with modern software engineering tools, including code repositories, version control, issue tracking, with a preference for Atlassian tools

  • Programming/scripting experience with numerical simulation/analysis applications, languages to include python and C/C++ at a minimum

  • Background in communications, laser physics/engineering, atmospheric physics, and/or control systems

    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.

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