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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Staff Scientist - Systems Analyst in Lexington, Massachusetts

Job Description

MIT Lincoln Laboratory, located in Lexington, Massachusetts, is a United States Department of Defense research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. The Laboratory provides technical expertise to the US government in domains including advanced microelectronics and radar design, novel algorithm development, and cyber security. Learn more at

The Homeland Protection Systems Group works with US government agencies and military partners to develop, assess, and rapidly transition advanced systems in support of the Homeland’s strategic interests. The group has deployed novel technology solutions to address security challenges in the national airspace, in urban centers, and at critical infrastructure sites. We specialize in systems integration, systems analysis, and field testing, especially as related to air security operations. Our mission expertise is applied toward developing innovative approaches to architecture design, algorithm and hardware prototyping, and general problem-solving. Our team of scientists, engineers, and technologists develop and employ cutting-edge techniques in exploratory data analysis, predictive analytics, and systems engineering to produce solutions for complex problems in constrained environments. Learn more about what our team does here

The Homeland Protection Systems Group is seeking candidates who have a passion for solving challenging problems. As a systems analyst in our Group, you will be responsible for developing an understanding of complex systems, implementing models based on first principals, quickly evaluating potential solutions across a wide range of disciplines, and developing recommendations to inform government leadership on the most challenging problems related to homeland protection. You will have the opportunity to work with an experienced, multi-disciplinary team of researchers and engineers to develop frameworks for complex systems, determine initial requirements analysis, develop novel algorithms, and implement models based on first principals to better understand system constraints. Our recent areas of research include machine learning applications, computer vision systems, multi-sensor fusion, vulnerability assessments, field testing, and requirements development. We encourage engagement with the academic and government community at-large through publications and conference attendance. We collaborate with groups across MIT Lincoln Laboratory to provide our team members with access to unique datasets, state-of-the-art supercomputing resources, and challenging technical problems that will give you the opportunity to use your unique skills to impact national security. Learn more about resources available to Lincoln Laboratory staff here


  • Doctorate or equivalent in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, or related discipline. In lieu of a PhD, a Master’s degree and 3 years’ experience will be considered

  • Ability to quickly learn new technical areas and apply that knowledge effectively to solve challenging mission problems

  • Knowledge to develop, implement, test and evaluate novel algorithms and concepts

  • The ability to clearly present technical concepts to a wide spectrum of audiences

  • Ability to lead and/or work well on multi-disciplinary teams

  • Proficient at one or more high-level prototyping software languages (e.g., Matlab, Python, Julia)

  • Intellectual curiosity and desire to lead exploration into new technical areas in support of the group’s mission

Additional Information

  • Experience leading research in a multi-disciplinary team environment

  • Knowledge of sensors and sensing modalities, physics of sensor operation

  • Expertise in processing large datasets and storage technologies

  • Experience mentoring less-experienced staff

  • The ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects at once

    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.

    To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

    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.