MIT Lincoln Laboratory RF Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Tactical Defense Systems Group works to understand air defense issues, in particular, air vehicle survivability, vulnerability of U.S. Air Force (USAF) aircraft to weapons systems, electronic countermeasures, and air surveillance for homeland defense. The group focuses on understanding USAF and threat air defense systems through tests and measurements. Test activities include flight, field, and laboratory testing. The group operates three airplanes, all highly instrumented, and numerous ground systems as needed for test efforts. The group also develops new hardware for testing and prototype systems as well as for instrumenting existing sensors. There are a few major field-testing campaigns each year. Local testing is used to validate flight readiness. Data collected from testing are analyzed and compared with models in concert with Group 109, Systems and Analysis. The group's activities continue to evolve in parallel with USAF efforts, but the emphasis remains on providing answers to questions from our Air Force sponsors by conducting field measurements using state-of-the-art instrumentation and then analyzing the resulting data.


  • The candidate will typically focus on either radio-frequency or optical systems and will design, build, test, and analyze data from a variety of systems, including antennas and RF receivers,optical sensors, midwave and longwave infrared imagers, incoherent and coherent sources, tracking sensors, and active optical systems.

  • Technical Staff will help build and operate the group’s one-of-a-kind systems to meet the data collection and processing requirements of the group's laboratory, ground, and airborne testbeds for answering questions related to air defense issues.

  • The candidate will work as part of a team, as well as with component and system vendors, to build robust testbed systems to meet project goals.

  • Additional responsibilities include participation in test planning and field test operations, as well as analysis and presentation of data collected during field tests.

  • The candidate will also be expected to serve as a mentor to junior-level staff.


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Physics.

  • In lieu of a PhD, a Master's degree with 5 years of directly related experience will be considered.

  • Design and assembly of hardware and software systems, embedded systems, signal processing and data collection systems in the RF or optical domains is required.

  • Knowledge of automated design tools, software engineering, and experience with analysis tools such as MATLAB is required.

  • Ability to demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills are essential.

  • Experience with antennas, radar, RF circuits, electro-optical sensors, IR sensors and hardware used in the collection and calibration of data from these systems is a plus.

  • Field test experience is a plus.

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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.