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Associate Mid-level: Secure Software, Embedded Systems Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Software Engineering
Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 30, 2023

The Secure, Resilient Systems and Technology Group at Lincoln Laboratory is made up of software developers, hardware and electrical engineers, cryptographers, computer scientists, systems analysts, and security architects, 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 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.

Position Description

You will help us create advanced technologies for ensuring security and resiliency of next-generation mission-critical systems relevant to National Security. Examples of such systems include both cyber-physical systems (e.g., drones, satellites, and industrial control systems) and pure cyber systems (e.g., cloud computing and privacy-preserving information sharing). 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.


  • Master’s degree in Computer Security, System Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related fields; in lieu of MS, a Bachelor’s with 3 or more years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Deep knowledge and extensive experience in at least one of the following:
    • Software design & development in C/C++; familiarity with the software development lifecycle, including design, documentation, and testing.
    • Analysis, modeling, design, development, testing, and verification of embedded systems (C, VHDL, etc.).
    • Analysis, architecture, design, implementation, and measurement of secure sub-systems and systems.
    • Academic or professional research experience and/or publications in the areas of computer security.
  • The passion to convert vision into reality, excellent work ethic, and effective communication skills are essential.

Desired Knowledge

Includes one or more of the following:

  • System engineering. Computer and software security. Familiarity with or interest in secure programming. Rust programing language.
  • Operating system internals, OS-level middleware, distributed systems, and network protocols. Data-structures, state-machines, and algorithms.
  • Embedded and hardware systems security (FPGAs) and Real-time systems security
  • Moving target defense techniques: Dynamic Runtime Environment, Networks, Platforms, Software, and Data
  • Applied cryptography and advanced cryptographic protocols

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: 36985