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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Associate Program Manager in Lexington, Massachusetts

The ISR and Tactical Systems Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory conducts research and development into advanced sensing concepts, signal and image processing, high-performance computing, networked sensor architectures, and decision sciences. Within this Division, a large portfolio works to understand air defense issues, in particular, air vehicle survivability, vulnerability of U.S. Air Force (USAF) aircraft to weapons systems, electronic countermeasures, and air surveillance for homeland defense. MIT/LL focuses on understanding USAF and threat air defense systems through tests and measurements. Test activities include flight, field, and laboratory testing. To accomplish these tests, MIT/LL develops advanced sensors and operates multiple highly instrumented airplanes.

Position Description

The Associate Program Manager will provide detailed program management, financial, and administrative activities in support of all major sensor prototype development projects within the Air Vehicle Survivability Program. Projects range from ground-based sensor systems and threat surrogates to airborne RF and EO/IR sensors that will be integrated into a G-IV Airborne Sensor Testbed. The projects involve building and operating prototypes using advanced technologies. The Associate Program Manager will work with the Group Office leadership team to manage the execution of the programs and must be capable of understanding, assessing, and discussing the technical basis and basic design/fabrication tasks and risks involved.

A successful Associate Program Manager leverages a strong technical background, program management background, and understanding of business fundamentals to support the AVSW program in delivering complex prototypes that support critical national security missions. The Associate Program Manager will work closely with the technical and senior staff leading the project to develop project plans, schedules, and budgets for the Air Vehicle Survivability Program project portfolio. During execution, the Associate Program Manager is responsible for monitoring and analyzing program performance, reporting program progress both internally and externally, forecasting remaining work (scope, schedule, and cost), and providing updates both to the Group Leaders and external sponsors. The Associate Program Manager may also be responsible for program property administration, program personnel logistics, and special projects that support mission requirements or program management continuous improvement efforts.


  • BS or higher in engineering, physics, or related field with 5 years of experience in engineering or technology development coupled with an MS/MBA in business/technical management, a related field, or equivalent experience

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years experience in program management in a Research and Development environment

  • Must have strong knowledge of program management practices and understand how to apply the practices in a Research and Development setting

  • Demonstrated capabilities in presenting ideas written and orally required

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance required

  • Moderate travel levels may be required


    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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