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Technical Staff - System Security Researcher

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Secure, Resilient Systems and Technology Group at Lincoln Laboratory is made up of security architects, software developers, hardware and electrical engineers, cryptographers, computer scientists, and systems analysts, who share a common passion for solving the hardest technical problems in national security. We pursue innovative, high-impact, practical research in small, focused teams. We succeed by being involved in all R&D phases, including problem analysis and innovative solution design, system architecture, rapid prototyping and field-testing, and ultimately transfer of our technology to DoD, Intelligence Community, and other government sponsors, as well as to industry. Being part of MIT, we also collaborate closely with academia and publish our research in top-tier venues.

If you would like to pursue your passion for cutting-edge research and work on things that truly matter at a place that combines problems of pressing national importance with MIT’s culture of academic excellence, abundance of resources, and superior work-life balance, apply here to learn more.

Job Description

You will help us create advanced technologies for ensuring security and resiliency of next‐generation mission‐critical systems relevant to National Security. You will study, develop, and prototype new technologies in secure computing, storage, and communication areas, and ultimately the transfer of such technologies to real‐world use cases.

  • Design/development in Rust, C/C++, Java, Python; familiarity with the software development lifecycle, including design, documentation, and testing.
  • Embedded and hardware systems security, Real‐time systems security, Industrial Control Systems (ICS)/SCADA
  • Advanced and applied cryptography, security protocols, such as Multi‐Party Computation
  • Moving target defense techniques: Dynamic Runtime Environment, Networks, Platforms, Software, and Data
  • Embedded systems, processor, and microelectronics design lifecycle, fab, and verification (FPGA and/or ASIC)
  • Communication protocols at chip, board, and system levels. Co‐design and integration of software and hardware, IP cores, sensors, system‐on‐chip design and verification.


  • PhD degree in Computer Security, System Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related fields
    • In lieu of PhD, a Master’s degree with 5 or more years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Deep knowledge and extensive experience in one or more of the following:
  • Architecture, analysis, design, implementation, and measurement of secure sub‐systems and systems.
  • Academic or professional research experience and/or publications in the areas of computer security, resiliency, and/or cryptography.
  • Analysis, modeling, design, development, testing, and verification of embedded and/or hardware systems.
  • Design, analysis, verification, and implementation of cryptographic algorithms and protocols.
  • Knowledge of computer security / cryptography related government and industry standards.
  • The passion to convert vision into reality, excellent work ethic, and effective communication skills are essential.

Desired Knowledge

  • Threat modeling and security requirements analysis.
  • System engineering. Computer and software security. Familiarity with or interest in secure programming. Multi‐core/multi‐thread computing.
  • Cloud computing technologies, virtualization, cloud security, Web services, advanced database technologies, and automation techniques.
  • Operating system internals, OS‐level middleware, distributed systems, and network protocols. Data‐structures, state‐machines, and algorithms.

For Benefits Information, click http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits

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.

Requisition ID: 38685