Specialist – Space Test Operator

  • Full Time
  • USA
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance

Company Details


The nation’s satellites perform important civil, scientific, and national defense functions such as navigation, communications, weather forecasting, astronomical observations, and surveillance.  As space becomes increasingly congested and contested, maintaining awareness of all man-made objects around the Earth is critical for ensuring the safe and effective operation of U.S. satellites.  Our researchers are collecting data from a global network of ground-based and space-based sensors to help both military and civil organizations track objects in space, monitor potential threats, and protect critical national assets.  We leverage advanced data processing capabilities that rapidly ingest observations from the Space Surveillance Network and integrate that data to generate an accurate picture of the space environment around the Earth and to make predictions about evolving activity in space.  We work closely with organizations such as the United States Space Force in order to maintain situational awareness in the space domain and to respond to rapidly changing events in space.

Job Description

The Information Integration and Decision Support Group is seeking a space test operator to assist with planning and execution of space test missions. Responsibilities include developing sensor support plans in collaboration with the government and MIT LL staff, organizing and participating in rehearsals and dry-runs, operating test software, and operating radars and telescopes as needed. The position requires off-hours operational support and weekly rotating shift work, to include some nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.


  • The minimum education requirement for this position is a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering, Physics, or a related field.
  • Working knowledge of orbital mechanics, satellite operations and space surveillance tactics and techniques is desired.
  • Two years of experience in a space-related field within US Space Command or the U.S. Air Force is also desired.
  • This position requires access to classified information and the candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Candidate will be also considered for higher clearance levels.
  • A strong preference is given to candidates already in possession of at least a Secret DoD clearance.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to convey technical concepts in a clear, concise manner to a wide spectrum of audiences are required.

For Benefits Information, go to http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits

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.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

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.

Tagged as: satellite operations, orbital mechanics, Aerospace Engineering, space surveillance tactics

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