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Associate Staff (Embedded Systems Engineer)

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Software Engineering
Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024

The Electronics for Contested Space Group develops radio-frequency (RF) and advanced electronic systems for space control missions and technology in the protection of our nation’s most important space capabilities. This work includes the design and development of state-of-the-art satellites and satellite payloads, novel concepts for resilient space architectures, and the nation’s most sensitive radars, optics, and passive RF systems. Our group also collaborates across the Laboratory to provide engineering rigor and experience to some of the most critical Laboratory programs. Examples of recent projects include the prototyping of electronic systems and effects, hardware-in-the-loop testing of tactically relevant payloads with surrogate threat systems, and RF subsystem development for satellites.

Position Description

An embedded systems engineer is needed to assist with the design, development and build of systems to support laboratory/field testing with ground, airborne and space-based sensors. The ideal candidate is self-driven, has effective communication skills and is comfortable working with fellow engineers to create complete end-to-end systems. Additionally, the candidate will work in multi-disciplinary teams leading small projects and executing technical research. Occasional domestic travel to support field exercises may be required.

Applicants must have significant coursework and/or experience in at least one of the following areas: RF systems, digital (FPGA-based) circuits and/or embedded systems. Previous experience with run time optimization, system architecture design, and integration of hardware and software is desirable. Experience with laboratory/field test equipment (spectrum analyzers, digital oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, etc.) is desirable.


M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or another relevant technical field with 2 years of experience. A B.S. and at least 5 years of relevant experience will be considered.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with others respectfully and develop productive working relationships
  • Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication
  • Experience decomposing processing chains into component modules for development
  • Experience developing synthesizable VHDL, Verilog, and/or SystemVerilog
  • Experience implementing FPGA designs in hardware, including the creation of constraint files
  • Experience testing and debugging firmware designs in both simulation and in hardware
  • Laboratory experience, including interface debugging and verification, at the circuit card assembly level
  • Digital signal processing experience in either analysis and/or implementation

Desired Skills

  • Ability to operate in a Linux development environment
  • Familiarity with scripting and task automation
  • Familiarity with MATLAB, Python, C/C++ or other scientific programming languages
  • Experience working with modern development best practices, including use of revision control
  • Hardware design experience, including schematic capture, layout, routing and initial bring up
  • Familiarity with Xilinx FPGA Family, in particular the RFSoC and Ultrascale lines
  • Experience with Xilinx’s Vivado and PetaLinux toolchains
  • Software defined radio experience

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: 41146