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Research Scientist - System Security Researcher

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2024

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

You will be advancing the research state of the art for ensuring security and resiliency of next‐generation mission‐critical systems relevant to National Security. You will study, innovate, and prototype new technologies in secure computing, storage, and communication areas, and ultimately work to apply and transfer such technologies to real‐world use cases and systems.


  • PhD degree in Computer Security, System Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related fields
    • In lieu of PhD, a Master’s degree with 5 or more years of relevant experience will be considered.
  • Deep knowledge and extensive experience in one or more of the following:
    • Architecture, analysis, design, implementation, and measurement of secure sub‐systems and systems.
    • Academic or professional research experience and/or publications in the areas of computer security, resiliency, and/or cryptography.
    • Analysis, modeling, design, development, testing, and verification of embedded and/or hardware systems.
    • Design, analysis, verification, and implementation of cryptographic algorithms and protocols.
    • Knowledge of computer security / cryptography related government and industry standards.
  • The passion to convert vision into reality, excellent work ethic, and outstanding communication skills are essential.

Desired Knowledge

  • Threat modeling and security requirements analysis.
  • System engineering. Computer and software security. Familiarity with or interest in secure programming. Multi‐core/multi‐thread computing.
  • Operating system internals, OS‐level middleware, distributed systems, and network protocols. Data‐structures, state‐machines, and algorithms.
  • Design/development in Rust, C/C++, Python; familiarity with the software development lifecycle, including design, documentation, and testing.
  • Embedded, real-time, and/or hardware systems security. Co‐design and integration of software and hardware, IP cores, sensors, system‐on‐chip design and verification.
  • Moving target defense techniques: Dynamic Runtime Environment, Networks, Platforms, Software, and Data
  • Advanced and applied cryptography, security protocols, such as Multi‐Party Computation, Differential Privacy, Zero Knowledge Protocols, etc.
  • Applied formal methods

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: 41063