MIT Lincoln Laboratory Electronics CO-OP in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Active Optical Systems Group's mission is to establish a laser radar center of excellence through development of advanced laser radar technology. One of the major research thrusts in this pursuit is implementation and application of three-dimensional laser radars employing novel receiver technology featuring arrays of detectors that are individually sensitive to single photons. The group is currently addressing the development and operation of airborne and ground-based 3D laser radars, along with data collection, data exploitation, and simulation and modeling efforts for various applications. The group is also pursuing significant efforts in the development of coherent laser radar, including adaptation of advanced radar techniques to the optical environment, pushing the bandwidth of coherent systems into the terahertz regime, and using photon-counting detector arrays in coherent receivers. The goals of these efforts range from laboratory demonstrations to development of field-deployable systems. The group is also developing technologies to enable remote sensing systems in the near-optical terahertz regime. The objectives of this work include both receiver and source development for integrated remote sensing systems.

A Co-op Student is needed to assist with engineering tasks developing custom electronics in support of the group's active optical sensors.


Tasks include all aspects of electronics engineering:

  • Requirements specification

  • Schematic capture

  • Printed circuit board (PCB) layout

  • Prototype debug

  • Surface mount technology (SMT) rework

  • Data acquisition and test

  • Signal analysis and embedded processing


  • Candidates should be familiar with basic digital logic and standard bench test equipment (e.g. digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes, function generators, etc).

  • The ability to read schematics and trace digital circuitry to identify faults will be expected.

  • Famliarity with schematic capture and layout tool is desired.

  • Knowledge and experience with Matlab and/or VHDL/Verilog would be a plus.

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program in a relevant field.

  • Must have at least completed Sophomore year.

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 preferred.

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.