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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Wireless Communications Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Tactical Networks Group (65) specializes in advanced network and communications systems development, with a focus on rapid prototyping of radical next generation tactical mobile, military airborne communications systems.

Job Description:

The Tactical Networks Group is seeking to hire a wireless communications engineer that will design and analyze next generation communications algorithms for airborne and ground tactical radios. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of wireless communications theory and be able to enhance and/or formulate new decoding, modulation/demodulation, synchronization, and other algorithms to meet the needs of tactical systems. The candidate must be comfortable with performing link analysis such as anti-jam (AJ), low probability of detection/intercept (LPD/LPI), and other analysis. Preference will be given to candidates that have strong analytical and theoretical experience in designing and building wireless communications systems.

Required skills include:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering with 3-5 years experience

  • Strong understanding of fundamentals of wireless digital communications systems and all PHY processes from “data in” to “baseband I/Q out” – Be able to clearly articulate the function of all digital blocks in a typical communications chain (encoders, modulators, correlators, etc.). Preference will be given to candidates who can describe processes analytically and describe the theory of operation for each block

  • Strong understanding of wireless communications theory (math behind all processing, BER curves, array processing, beamforming, linear algebra, etc.)

  • Strong Matlab analysis skills tailored to wireless digital communications

  • Experience designing digital processing blocks

Desired skills include:

  • Experience implementing signal processing on FPGA (and/or ASIC) – HDL design, meeting timing closure, simulation, tool chains

  • System-level understanding of radio design and development – be able to put together a detailed size, weight, power (SWAP) budget and make tradeoffs in link budget analysis

  • Familiarity with implementation issues around TRANSEC/COMSEC and DoD radio standards

  • Familiarity with RF/analog front-end designs, antennas, filters, mixers, ADC and DACs and the tradeoff between performing front end functions in analog or digital processing

    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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