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Digital and Embedded Systems Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Software Engineering
Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2024

The RF Technology Group develops and demonstrates innovative radio-frequency (RF) technologies that improve the nation's radar, communications, and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. Our efforts range from early-stage research into materials and components for RF systems to complete RF system development; therefore, our researchers have expertise in antenna and RF circuit design, digital and embedded systems hardware, software, and firmware, digital signal processing and algorithms, integrated circuit design, printed circuit board (PCB) design, mechanical design, and RF testing. The group collaboratively interacts with research groups across the Laboratory to take projects from initial concept stage, through simulation and analysis, to design and prototyping, and finally to field demonstration.

Job Description

The RF Technology group seeks a full-time digital design engineer with background and interest in implementation of digital hardware for RF systems. The candidate will define and contribute to research, development, implementation, and testing of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and related circuitry for next generation RF systems. Work will include designing, simulating, and testing algorithms and high-speed data acquisition / transmission in FPGAs. Additionally, the candidate will help define and implement prototypes using state-of-the art digital technology, such as software defined radios and ARM-based system-on-chip devices. The successful candidate will work hands-on in the laboratory or in the field to lead the operation and testing of prototypes with digital subsystems.

This position includes opportunities to contribute to the development of RF systems, to work with teams of electrical and mechanical engineers, and to design and test related algorithms, hardware, software, and support equipment.


  • Candidate should hold a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Applied Physics or a related field. In lieu of a Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 4 years of directly related experience will be considered.
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following: VHDL, SystemVerilog, MathWorks HDL Coder, AMD System Generator, or Vivado High-Level Synthesis (or equivalent)
  • Hands-on experience programming digital hardware (firmware or software)
  • Experience with FPGA tools (AMD Vivado / Vitis or equivalent, Siemens ModelSim or equivalent)


  • Experience with Linux, embedded Linux, or baremetal ARM systems
  • Knowledge of Python, MATLAB, AMD SDK, source control tools (git or equivalent)

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: 40986