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Satellite Communication Systems Development Engineer - Associate Staff

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2023


The Advanced Satcom Systems and Operations Group focuses on the research and development of future state-of-the-art wireless communication systems. Developing next generation technologies for advanced communication satellites is the primary focus of the group.  The group's activities encompass the design of new algorithms, protocols, concepts, systems, and architectures, the development of rapid HW/SW prototypes and testbeds, and verification through field experiments and operational demonstrations.  Candidates with interest in communication systems and a strong background in math to learn the relevant digital signal processing and implement it would be ideally suited for this position.


The Communications Systems Engineer will actively participate in the design, analysis, and implementation of novel waveforms, digital signal processing algorithms, dynamic resource allocation schemes, and/or advanced networking protocols. The individual will typically work in multi-disciplinary teams in which team members possess expertise in communications theory, networking, information assurance, systems engineering, RF, digital HW, and SW. The individual will have opportunities to work with the government, academia, and industry as well as make contributions towards DoD policy, requirements, acquisition, systems engineering, and operations.


Required Experience:

  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering (or related field) with a strong background in wireless communications and signal processing. In lieu of a M.S., an B.S. with 2+ years of directly relevant experience is acceptable. 
  • Experience and/or coursework in wireless communications theory, information theory, digital signal processing, estimation and detection, optimizationn, radio frequency propagation modeling, linear algebra.
  • Proficiency with MATLAB, Python, or other equivalent modeling and simulation tools.
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.


Desired Experience:

  • Machine learning, adaptive filtering, array processing, media access control protocols, networking
  • Fixed point algorithm design and implementation targetting embedded processors such as FPGA, GPU, DSP
  • Antennas, arrays and RF circuits
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage tasks and projects.



At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include: 

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans
  • MIT-funded pension
  • Matching 401K
  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)
  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs
  • Mentorship programs
  • A range of work-life balance options
  • ... and much more!  

Please visit our Benefits page for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary benefits, discounts, and perks.

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.

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: 40520