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

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lexington, MA

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
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Group 95—Space Systems Analysis
The Space Systems Analysis Group identifies and evaluates threats to U.S. use of space for military, intelligence, civil, and commercial purposes. This work involves understanding the attributes and vulnerabilities of U.S. space-related systems, including the sensors and networks used to detect, track, and characterize objects in space, the satellites that provide space-based services, and the infrastructure used to control and operate these satellites. A central component of this effort involves consideration of how adversaries might try to exploit vulnerabilities and technically evaluating the knowledge and resources required to mount a credible threat against U.S. systems. The group also develops concepts for reducing U.S. vulnerabilities to these identified threats. This work requires detailed modeling of optical and radar; novel ideas for new space systems and on-orbit operations; and consideration of the timelines, architectures, and decision-making processes for maintaining awareness of the space environment. In addition, the group pursues potentially game-changing, innovative ideas for remote sensing of space and the Earth. This part of our work involves sensor design, signal and image processing as well as target and environmental phenomenology. The group seeks researchers with advanced degrees in electrical engineering, physics, aeronautical engineering, and astronautical engineering.

Will work in a team environment to study a broad range of technical questions of importance to the U.S. use of space. Technical areas include U.S. space situational awareness, space based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and space vehicle survivability. Work involves data analysis, mathematical modeling and software simulation of space systems, including space vehicles and their subsystems as well as radars, optical sensors and integrated networks for surveillance of the space environment.

Ph.D. in Physics, Engineering or other technical field is required. In lieu of a Ph.D., a MSEE with a minimum of 5 years of directly related experience will be considered.

Candidate must show demonstrated competence in scientific writing and/or development and presentation of technical materials. The candidate will need to be able to clearly present concepts to a wide spectrum of audiences.

Desired Skills:
A cross-disciplinary background or other indicators of an ability to quickly learn new fields is highly desired. Candidates that demonstrate a combined background of working complex problems at the technically detailed level as well as complex problems at the system level will have a strong advantage.

Experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desired: development and conduct of sensor data collection experiments, active engineering participation in a hardware development project for a space surveillance sensor or space system, analysis of large data sets, detailed performance modeling of sensor systems, development or refinement of signal/image processing algorithms, mathematical modeling of complex systems (particularly as related to astrodynamics), development and application of estimation techniques (particularly as related to astrodynamics), or systems analysis/engineering.

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.