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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Engineering Assistant in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Active Optical Systems Group develops and fields unique, world-class optical sensor systems across multiple mission areas of national importance. Our Group has a history of successful innovations; we have fielded a high-area coverage rate foliage-penetrating 3D imaging lidar using single photon-sensitive detector arrays; we developed a novel ultra-wideband coherent lidar; and we have MIT LL digital pixel focal plane array technology to develop unique passive IR sensors. These systems leverage our Groups’ creativity; over the past decade, our staff have filed 25 technology disclosures and have been granted 12 patents. Additionally, our group projects have won multiple R&D100 Awards, a prestigious innovation award honoring revolutionary ideas in science and technology. Our portfolio of programs spans smaller, high-risk, high-reward seedling studies and experiments that explore novel techniques and technologies to the fielding of larger, more mature systems that are designed, developed and integrated onto target platforms, such as aircraft. We host world-class expertise in optical phenomenology, optical sensors, high-speed embedded processing, and data exploitation and visualization algorithms. We are a diverse, dedicated and innovative Group looking for exceptional candidates to help us build the next generation of optical sensors.

Engineering Assistant

We are looking for a highly-motivated individual to support the development of one-of-a-kind high-speed data acquisition and processing systems.


Individual should have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering or an equivalent degree track.

Desired skills:

Writing software interfaces for embedded hardware and facility with object oriented and modularized coding practices. Experience with coding in Python, C, C++ desired. Experience with embedded programming and/or FPGA development as well as printed circuit board design also desirable.

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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.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

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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