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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Applied Research Scientist Machine Learning in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Homeland Protection Systems Group conducts systems analysis on a broad range of problems related to surface surveillance, force protection, and homeland defense. Activities include sensor and system modeling, mission requirements analysis, and architecture development. A variety of technologies are examined, including radar, optical, acoustic, biological, and chemical sensors. Modeling and the analysis of field measurements are used to quantify the ability of current and proposed technology to meet mission requirements. This work includes analysis, algorithm development, and field testing.

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Laboratory Description: MIT Lincoln Laboratory, located in Lexington, Massachusetts, is a United States Department of Defense research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. The Laboratory provides technical expertise to the US government in domains including advanced microelectronics and radar design, novel algorithm development, and cyber security. Learn more at

Group Description: The Homeland Protection Systems Group works with US government agencies and military partners to develop, assess, and rapidly transition advanced systems in support of the Homeland’s strategic interests. The group has deployed novel technology solutions to address security challenges in the national airspace, in urban centers, and at critical infrastructure sites. We specialize in systems integration, systems analysis, and field testing, especially as related to air security operations. Our mission expertise is applied toward developing innovative approaches to architecture design, algorithm and hardware prototyping, and general problem-solving. Our team of scientists, engineers, and technologists develop and employ cutting-edge techniques in exploratory data analysis, predictive analytics, and systems engineering to produce solutions for complex problems in constrained environments. Learn more about what our team does here

Job Description: The Homeland Protection Systems Group is seeking candidates with a strong technical background in machine learning to lead research into new algorithms, models, and methods for solving the unique challenges in protecting civilian and military interests in the US. You will have the opportunity to work with an experienced team of researchers and engineers to prototype solutions end-to-end, from initial requirements analysis, to algorithm development, to operational deployment and monitoring. Our recent areas of research include computer vision, recommender systems, multimodal fusion, control optimization, and time-series analysis. We encourage engagement with the academic community at-large through publications and conference attendance. We collaborate with groups across MIT Lincoln Laboratory to provide our team members with access to unique datasets, state-of-the-art supercomputing resources, and challenging technical problems that will give you the opportunity to use your machine learning, data science, and complex problem solving skills to make a real-world impact. Learn more about resources available to Lincoln Laboratory staff here

Requirements Doctorate or equivalent in Computer Science, Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related discipline. In lieu of a PhD, a Master’s degree and 3 years experience will be considered Demonstrated experience working with modern machine learning framework(s) and deep technical skills in the fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence, or statistical analysis Strong academic record and publication in a leading machine learning or artificial intelligence journal/conference Intellectual curiosity and desire to lead exploration into new technical areas in support of the group’s mission

Desired Skills Experience leading research in a multi-disciplinary team environment Experience with the creation and deployment of software projects Knowledge of sensors and sensing modalities, physics of sensor operation Expertise in processing large datasets and storage technologies Effective oral and written communication of technical ideas

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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.

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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