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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Embedded Hardware Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

One mission of the Embedded and Open Systems Group is the development and deployment of real-time embedded processing systems. The group designs these systems using diverse computational elements including ASICs, FPGAs, GPUs, and microprocessors in support of DoD applications including radar and communications. Hardware, software, mathematical, and security expertise are blended to optimize solutions. A key focus area is custom low-power, high-performance solutions that provide mission critical capabilities to the warfighter. Our innovative processing architectures efficiently implement required complex signal processing functionality. We succeed by participating in all program phases including system analysis, architecture definition, design, prototyping, field testing, and ultimately the transfer of our technology.

Job Description

We are looking for talented, experienced engineers who can create advanced real-time systems based on novel ideas from many areas including embedded processing, digital signal processing, sensor systems, and artificial intelligence. We need our engineers to be versatile, innovative, display technical leadership qualities, and contribute to high-performing teams that produce world-class results. The candidate will help to define, implement, and demonstrate complex, low-power digital processing systems based primarily on ASIC and FPGA technologies that support a broad range of challenging national defense applications. The role is inherently cross-functional, working with multiple knowledge domain experts and external organizations to meet program and system performance objectives. The candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the entire processor system development from architecture definition through deployment.

Deep technical expertise essential for this position with strong communication and interpersonal skills highly valued. The candidate must be a proven team player and have demonstrated proficiency in task planning and execution.


  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields. In lieu of a Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of directly related experience will be considered.

  • Experience with ASIC design and verification

  • Experience with SoC design and architectures

  • Experience with real-time digital signal processing

  • Experience with processor performance/power co-design

  • Proven task management and communications skills

  • Able to obtain and maintain a government (DoD) security clearance

  • U.S. Citizenship is required

Desired Skills

  • Experience with hardware design including at least one Hardware Description Language such as VHDL or Verilog

  • Experience with hardware design tool chains such as Cadence or Xilinx Vivado

  • Experience writing unit- and system-level verification test cases

  • Experience with system-level analysis using high-level languages such as MATLAB, Simulink, or Python

  • Experience with embedded real-time software including development tools and operating systems

  • Experience with 3rd party IP integration

  • Experience with linear algebra

  • Experience with heterogeneous processing using C/C++, CUDA, Tensorflow, OpenCL, or Xilinx HLS

  • Experience with DoD radar, electronic warfare, and RF communication systems

  • Experience with Artificial Intelligence computational acceleration

The successful candidate will be subject to pre-employment investigation and must meet all eligibility requirements for access to classified information including compartmented programs.

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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.