MIT Lincoln Laboratory Tech Staff in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group develops, builds, and operates prototype space and airborne lasercom terminals. The technology developed and the lessons learned from these activities are transferred to operational programs through participation in standards groups and through the operation of a gold-standard test infrastructure. Major efforts include demonstration of a low-cost, high-performance airborne lasercom terminal, design of lasercom interoperability standards, development of a test capability to validate interoperability among various contractor-produced terminals, and investigation into techniques to enable multiple simultaneous lasercom links through a single aperture. This group has close interactions with both government and industrial partners.

The Advanced Lasercom Systems and Operations Group seeks a full time Technical Staff member to develop system concepts and architectures relevant to, or utilizing, laser communications and navigation systems. The staff member will engage in systems engineering activities, identifying requirements, performing system trades and optimizations, identifying and managing risks, and facilitating communications between subsystem designers across various disciplines. The staff member will have opportunities to be directly involved in design, build, test and integration activities. The staff member will present results to audiences within the Laboratory, and to Sponsors.

Other tasks may include conducting field experiments and data collects, analyzing test data, the development of test plans, or developing and presenting proposals to potential Sponsors. The staff member will have opportunities to develop concepts for, and to participate in, research and development seedling projects, with opportunities to collaborate with university researchers.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer engineering, physics, computer science, or mathematics

  • Strong design and analytical skills in communications, optics and electro-optics, signal processing, navigation systems, or control systems

  • Familiarity with any of the following disciplines: astronomy, aerospace engineering, platform integration, numerical simulation and analysis tools, numerical simulation software development, scripting languages, embedded systems, automation, autonomous systems, vision systems, artificial intelligence.

  • Strong communication skills

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5

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.