Optics and Photonics Engineer

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The Interceptor and Sensor Technology Group is at the forefront of developing advanced technologies and system solutions for defense against ballistic, cruise and hypersonic missiles.  The diverse, innovative and highly collaborative Group works on various aspects of missile defense that help with sensing, identifying, tracking and intercepting potential air borne threats.   We work closely with various government organizations to understand the defense mission needs that these technologies and systems development efforts address.

Our teams develop and participate in a wide range of activities toward this end, including system analysis, prototyping of advanced electro-optical sensors and algorithms, laboratory testing and advanced phenomenology, mission simulations and modeling, field and flight tests, and data analysis and exploitation.

The Interceptor and Sensor Technology Group is looking for candidates to join our experimental and testing team working on advanced optic and photonic solutions to a variety of problems.  Project work may include developing experiments to study various phenomenology; designing, setting-up, characterizing/calibrating testbeds; and analyzing data collected in labs and field campaigns.   The candidate will be part of a larger team that address various aspects of critical problem-solving including system level performance modeling and simulation, phenomenology measurements/studies, algorithm development, and design and prototyping of novel systems or hardware for capability demonstration and transition to industry.  We are looking for candidates who have relevant laboratory and analytic experience that they can bring to the team, and are seeking to be part of a diverse and talented team solving unique and challenging problems.

The team has a strong culture of mentorship, collaboration and innovation, and works on challenging problems of significant national need.  New members on our team are mentored by subject matter experts with exceptional technical and domain knowledge.  Over time team members work on multiple aspects of a multi-disciplinary problem, helping develop both technical depth and breadth through the process. Additionally, staff can also avail of various professional development opportunities at Lincoln Laboratory, MIT Campus, as well as other local area universities.


  • M.S. in optics, physics, engineering, or another technical field, or B.S. with at least 2 years of professional, research, or similar experience.


  • Experience in one or more of the following areas through course work, internships or prior employment:
  • Hands-on experience with optical technologies and systems, modeling optical systems and physical phenomenon, experimental design and data collection, image or signal processing, algorithm development.

Tagged as: signal processing, algorithm development, optical systems, optical technologies, modeling optical systems

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