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Gr 53 - Technical Staff - Systems Security Researcher

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 21, 2023

We live in a time in which you have a choice – a choice where to work, where to apply your talents and ideas, where to grow and look for self-fulfillment.

We, the members of the Secure, Resilient Systems and Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, have made our choice. We are researchers and scientists with backgrounds in computer science, electrical engineering, and computer engineering who possess deep expertise in software and hardware security. We share a common passion for helping solve some of the hardest technical problems relevant to National security. We pursue innovative, high-impact, practical research in small, focused teams. We succeed by participating 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 and Intelligence Community users, sponsors, and Industry. Being part of MIT, we also collaborate closely with academia and publish our research in top-tier venues. Our work has important real-world impact.

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

We are advancing an exciting R&D vision for ensuring security and resiliency of next‐generation mission‐critical systems relevant to National Security. You will help us innovate, develop, and prototype new technologies in embedded, software, and operating systems security areas; test and integrate these technologies in the context of mission-critical systems; and ultimately standardize and transfer them into real‐world use.


  • PhD degree in Computer Security, System Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering or related field
    • In lieu of PhD, a Master’s degree with 5 or more years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Academic or professional research experience and/or publications in the areas of embedded systems security, software security, or operating systems security.
  • Architecture, analysis, design, implementation, and testing of security technologies, sub‐systems, and systems.
  • The passion to convert vision into reality, excellent work ethic, and effective communication skills are essential.

Desired Knowledge

One or more of the following:

  • System engineering. Threat modeling and security requirements analysis.
  • Software engineering and design and development in Rust and C/C++; Familiarity with secure programming and the software development lifecycle, including design, documentation, and testing.
  • Operating system internals. Linux. Kernel development and OS-level middleware.
  • Compiler support for code analysis and instrumentation. Experience with static analysis or sanitizers; LLVM.
  • Embedded systems engineering. Design and development of embedded systems (FPGAs, system-on-chip, IP cores, soft-cores); VHDL.

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: 39461