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The MITRE Corporation Communications Engineer in Bedford, Massachusetts

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As a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), MITRE staff are tasked with applying their skills to impact programmatic and technical decisions of highest importance to the nation. The MITRE Corporation’s Resilient Communications Department (N152) supports communication capabilities used by the United States military and International partners across all domains from underwater, to aerial-layer, and space-based. The Resilient Communications Department’s focus is on creating and fielding adaptive communications and networking infrastructure needed for successful execution of different mission areas for Operations in Contested Environments (OCE). This involves modernizing fielded communications capabilities in the near/mid-terms and developing/fielding the next generation communications in all phases of systems evolution from concept exploration, through experimentation and development. DoD communications needs pose unique challenges to operate globally in dynamic or denied environments including the effects of electronic warfare. MITRE works hand-in-hand with Government sponsors to serve as technical advisors bringing domain experience and state-of-the-art solutions to solve unique communications challenges. The department’s primary areas of concentration are in RF communications, networking, modeling and simulation, system integrations, systems engineering, and software programming.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead analyses of current and future communications and networking capabilities, derive results from modeling and simulation tools, form data-based actionable recommendations, and present to both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Provide recommendations for modeling/simulation tools, assessment approaches, and best practices to be adopted across the department

  • Provide technical leadership within MITRE and within our sponsor organizations to ensure delivery of safe, reliable, and effective weapon system communications and networking systems, while considering a broad range of factors to include operational requirements, cybersecurity, cryptography, mobile force integration, and human systems integration.

  • Cultivate strong, trusted working relationships with our Air Force Nuclear Enterprise sponsors by understanding their needs and helping them solve their toughest problems.


  • Develop models in MATLAB and review/troubleshoot MATLAB software developed by other team members, and have development experience with one of the following tools:

  • AFSIM or a DoD mission/engagement level simulation

  • OPNET, NS3 or another network simulation

  • STK or another system performance modeling simulation

  • Experience in modeling, simulation, and analysis of RF communication systems, communications and networking protocols, or waveform performance

  • Form problem statements from limited information and understand the “big picture”

  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively lead multi-disciplinary teams across organizations, as well an ability to frame and articulate technical problems in a systems engineering context

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or similar field with 10+ years relevant experience

  • Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to possess/maintain a DoD Secret or Top Secret clearance

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiarity with resilient communications technology and techniques, tactical communications and networking, sensor technology and networking, DoD command and control (C2) protocols

  • Experience with software development using Python, C/C++/C#, Git, tool-specific modeling languages, etc.

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