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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Radar Operations Specialist in Westford, Massachusetts

The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group operates the Lincoln Laboratory Experimental Test Site (ETS) in Socorro, New Mexico and the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC) in Westford, Massachusetts. LSSC is comprised of the Millstone deep-space satellite tracking radar, the Haystack Ultra-wideband Satellite Imaging Radar (HUSIR) and the Haystack Auxiliary imaging radar (HAX). All these radars are operated locally and also remotely controlled from the Lexington Space Situational Awareness Center (LSSAC) which serves as a data processing and fusion node for the LSSC and other ground and space-based space surveillance sensors. Together, ETS, the LSSC and LSSAC serve as an operational test bed for space situational awareness technologies and provide access to a rich set of radar and optical data. The group's current research and development efforts focus on problems such as tracking and identification of newly launched satellites, tracking and discrimination of satellites in geosynchronous clusters, automated radar image exploitation, close approach monitoring and collision warning, applications of multi-sensor data fusion, and decision support. The group is also developing a net-centric, service-oriented architecture that networks all of these capabilities together in an integrated information system

The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group is seeking a Radar Operator at the Specialist level to work with a team to operate the LSSC radars. The Radar Operator will support the LSSC site on all aspects of radar console operations in support of its Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and space control mission area. This includes providing radar operational support on all new launches (foreign and domestic), monitoring resident space objects (RSO) for payload status, identifying and reporting changes in RSO status in the various orbital regimes, and supporting NASA and the Space Force in the mission area of orbital debris monitoring. This position requires close coordination with several sponsors to include 18th Space Control Squadron and Combined Space Operations Center. The position requires off-hours operational support and weekly rotating shift work, to include nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Requirements: The minimum education requirement for this position is a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering or a related field. In lieu of a BSc degree, an Associate two-year Technical Degree with 2+ years of prior experience in a radar-related discipline will be considered. Working knowledge of orbital mechanics, satellite operations and space surveillance tactics and techniques is desired. Two years of experience within US Space Command or the Space Force will be strongly favorable. This position requires access to classified information and the candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense TOP SECRET security clearance. A strong preference is given to candidates already in possession of at least a Secret DoD clearance.

Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to convey technical concepts in a clear, concise manner to a wide spectrum of audiences are required.

Will operate the Millstone, HUSIR and HAX radars at LSSC or at the LSSAC to track satellites and carry out data acquisition according to customer needs. Responsibility will include collection of space data as tasked; initialization and shutdown of radar systems, including high-voltage transmitter components; perform initial analysis of collected data to verify that the radar is operating correctly; monitor communications links for tasking and other mission information; be cognizant of and take appropriate action on equipment problems; interact with radar engineers, technicians, IT professionals, and the LSSC Site Manager or his representative to ensure optimum system performance; and communicate with external customers in response to special data collection requests, and to convey changes in sensor status.

Associate Degree or equivalent and 4 - 6 years’ experience in radar operations is desired. Knowledge of orbital mechanics highly desirable. Requires fluency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with UNIX/Linux user applications and MATLAB is a plus. Candidates must have strong communications skills, and the ability to work alone or in small teams. This position involves weekly rotating shift work and weekend hours. Candidates must be willing and able to work all shifts and to work at both at the Lexington and Westford locations as needed; and must have the flexibility to adapt to short-notice schedule changes and rapidly changing mission tempos.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interface with the sponsor on a daily basis are required

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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.

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