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Real-Time Embedded Systems Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Software Engineering
Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023

The Embedded and Open Systems Group conducts research to design, develop, and deploy next generation high-performance real-time embedded processing systems for use on air, ground, and sea-based platforms located at the tactical edge. We design these systems using diverse computational elements in support of applications including sensing, communications, and artificial intelligence. Hardware, software, mathematical, and security expertise are blended to optimize these low-power solutions. We succeed by participating in all program phases including system analysis, architecture definition, design, prototyping, field testing, and ultimately the transfer of our technology to operational systems.

Position Description

We are looking for talented engineers who can contribute to research and prototyping efforts to create advanced low-power, real-time embedded systems that integrate custom and commercial computational hardware, digital signal processing, artificial intelligence, and software to meet challenging operational requirements. In this position you will be a key contributor to one or more technical teams requiring active collaboration with your colleagues to optimize solutions and implement them in laboratory and deployed systems. We need our engineers to be versatile, innovative, and be able to participate in high-performing multi-disciplinary teams that produce world-class results.

Help develop our future technology by:

  • Driving the execution of research, design, development, prototyping, deployment, and transition of next-generation, tactical-edge, low-power embedded processing solutions
  • Defining and implementing advanced real-time system architectures to meet challenging mission-driven size, weight, and power requirements using advanced hardware/software/algorithm co-design approaches
  • Helping to lead multi-disciplinary technical teams to realize, evaluate, and iteratively refine complex real-time system prototypes
  • Participating in the implementation and demonstration of advanced hardware/software systems for use within MIT Lincoln Laboratory and across the broader Department of Defense R&D and operational communities

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields. In lieu of a Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of directly related experience will be considered
  • Proven experience and background in two or more of these technical areas: computer architecture, digital design, embedded software development, or digital signal processing
  • Development experience with one or more of processing technologies such as ASICs, FPGAs, GPUs, microprocessors
  • Proven experience with multiple high-level programming languages such as Matlab, Python, or C/C++
  • Experience with real-time digital signal processing and/or linear algebra techniques and their mapping to advanced computational elements
  • Ability to quickly learn new design techniques and tools leveraging online training and specialized courses
  • Ability to organize and present experimental data using visualization tools
  • Effective written and oral communications skills within multi-disciplinary technical team environments
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a government (DoD) security clearance
  • U.S. Citizenship required

You will stand out if you demonstrate any of the following:

  • Experience with artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques and their computational acceleration
  • Experience with embedded system-related programming including microprocessors, Systems on Chip, and sensor interfaces
  • Experience with DoD radar, electronic warfare, or RF communications systems
  • Experience with hardware design including at least one Hardware Description Language (VHDL or Verilog)
  • Experience with industry standard design tools
  • Experience with multiple prototyping tools/languages/operating systems
  • Experience with CUDA, Tensorflow, Open CL, or Xilinx HLS
  • A willingness to participate in field operations such system integration and test campaigns
  • Current in scope Secret or Top-Secret level DoD security clearance


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: 40102