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Associate Staff-Autonomous Systems GNC Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2024

MIT Lincoln Laboratory sits at the intersection of academia, industry, and government. Our nationally-recognized staff work collaboratively to solve some of the nation’s most challenging problems. As part of the Engineering Division, we team broadly across MIT Lincoln Laboratory and MIT campus to address a wide variety of problems through analysis, design, prototyping, and testing. Our teaming culture energizes our staff and fosters a high level of collaboration among a wide array of skills and experience levels. In addition, the group values work-life balance, using hybrid arrangements and flexible schedules to maximize productivity.

The group is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We understand that a diverse workplace fosters a creative and productive atmosphere and we are dedicated to making sure that every staff member in the group is supported in their work and that every voice is heard. The Laboratory sponsors resource groups and events dedicated to a wide variety of identities.

Help us build the future of autonomous systems in the ocean, land, air, and space!

The Control and Autonomous Systems Engineering Group is dedicated to cutting-edge research and development that spans basic research, prototyping, and field testing. Our team is highly multi-disciplinary in our approach to fielding end-to-end autonomous systems. In particular, our group focuses heavily on several interconnected aspects of autonomous system development:

  • Advanced perception, state estimation, planning algorithms, and controls for single and multiple agents
  • Exquisite pointing systems for telescopes, radars, and laser systems
  • Embedded hardware and software for terrestrial and space applications

Position Description

In the Associate Staff role you will contribute to navigation and estimation teams that are developing autonomous systems and payloads for sea, ground, and air domains. Many of the projects incorporate GPS-denied capabilities (e.g. magnetic, vision, radio frequency) for single and multi-agent concepts. Individual contributors leverage experience in state estimation, optimization, and object-oriented programming to contribute throughout the full Lifecyle of a project from concept definition to field testing. In addition to direct project contributions, staff are encouraged to explore cutting edge approaches and execute publishable research.

Given the wide range of work in our Group, we seek the following attributes

  • Bachelors in Engineering or Computer Science with 5 years experience or Masters with 3 years experience
  • Hands-on experience with autonomous uncrewed system and implementing modern feedback control (e.g. robust, optimal, adaptive) and state estimation (e.g. Kalman/particle filters, factor graphs, SLAM)
  • Strong C++ programming skills in a Linux environment
  • Ability to write clean, maintainable, and well-architected software
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, ability to present technical and non-technical topics to a variety of audiences

Exceptional candidates may also have experience in one or more of the following

  • Familiarity with ROS and or Python
  • GPS Denied Navigation
  • Machine learning
  • Computer vision algorithms and hardware
  • Real time software and real time operating systems
  • Ability to obtain and maintain TOP SECRET DOD-level security clearance

Growth Opportunities

The Group supports a wide variety of mechanisms for staff to grow their skills and create a continual path for growth, including:

  • Direct mentorship within the group and across the lab for projects and career guidance
  • Collaboration across the Laboratory’s suite of programs to broaden your network internally and externally
  • Community exposure through external conferences/meetings and internally-hosted workshops that draw senior leaders from government and industry
  • Continuing education through external coursework and internally-developed courses on a variety of technical and project management fundamentals



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: 40861