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POST DATE 9/15/2016
END DATE 11/15/2016

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington, MA

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Group 99—Integrated Systems and Concepts
The Integrated Systems and Concepts Group specializes in the rapid development and demonstration of innovative optical system solutions to address difficult challenges facing the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and other U.S. government entities. The group maintains broad expertise in electro-optical and infrared sensors, charge-coupled devices, focal plane arrays, ground/air/space electronics, image processing, video exploitation, and low–size/weight/power optical communications systems. The group leverages this core expertise to architect, prototype, build, and deploy hardware and software systems in support of mission needs. Emphasis is on working closely with end users to develop enabling concepts and then building and fielding integrated systems on responsive timelines. The group seeks self-motivated engineers and scientists with multidisciplinary skill sets and a passion for conceptualizing, designing, and building systems that address critical national needs.

The Integrated Systems & Concepts Group's expertise includes advanced passive imaging system hardware development and video-processing technology research and development. These areas of expertise are used to support the development of advanced system concepts (architecture definition; prototype design; and hardware, algorithm, and software fabrication) for Department of Defense and NASA sponsors.

The Integrated Systems & Concepts Group has an opening for an optical systems engineer. The ideal candidate will have experience in design, specification, and performance testing of optical systems and sub-systems. The work will require the participation in the development of conceptual system designs through actual fabrication and performance testing. Systems under development include ground-based, airborne, and space-based systems operating in both the visible and IR wavebands.

PhD in Optical Engineering , Electrical Engineering, or Physics with recent experience in the area of electro-optical system design and development. A broad optical engineering background with experience using optical design software (e.g. Zemax, Code V) and image analysis tools (e.g. Matlab.) In lieu of a PhD, an MS in the above areas with a minimum of 5 years of directly related experience will be considered.

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.


Since 1951, when MIT Lincoln Laboratory was established to build the nation's first air defense system, the Laboratory has been applying advanced technology to solve problems critical to national security. Decade after decade, our people have envisioned incredible technology - and projects that start out as vital to national security often become just as vital to the everyday technology of the future. More than 700 patents have been granted for technologies developed by the Laboratory’s staff. And in the past two years, Lincoln Laboratory has been awarded eight R&D 100 Awards that recognize the year’s 100 most technologically significant innovations.

If you’d like to contribute to U.S. National security in an environment of incredible innovation, consider bringing your career to MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to realizing our vision of diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our enterprise. Due to the unique nature

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