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Robotics and Autonomous Control Systems Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, Massachusetts 02421
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Robotics and Autonomous Control Systems Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA


The Control and Autonomous Systems Engineering Group is seeking a Robotics and Autonomous Control Systems Engineer to lead the development of innovative solutions to challenging national security problems by leveraging advances in autonomy algorithms, computation, and sensing. The successful candidate will identify and assess the suitability of autonomous systems approaches, develop autonomy architectures and underlying algorithms, work with teammates to implement the solution on unmanned or other platforms, communicate objectives and technical aspects of programs, and conceive research efforts to drive future capability.


The ideal candidate will have a strong grasp of a wide range of approaches to autonomy and artificial intelligence, including machine learning, Bayesian probability, modern feedback control, and Markov decision processes, with experience-based understanding of the strengths and weakness thereof. The candidate must have hands-on and team-based experience creating robotic systems operating in dynamic real-world environments. Familiarity with unmanned and robotic system sensing, computation, actuation technology and a skilled software engineering background are critical.



  • The successful candidate will assume significant responsibility for delivering novel capabilities of national significance.
  • She or he will have the opportunity to work with unique advanced sensors, communication systems, and unmanned platforms.
  • The candidate will be supported with first-rate hardware, test infrastructure, talented peers, and a work environment that values excellence, continuous learning, and work-life balance.



  • A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or computer engineering or with coursework and research emphasis on autonomous systems / robotics. In lieu of a Ph.D., an MS degree with 3+ years of experience conducting and publishing applied research in a robotics field.
  • Hands-on experience developing autonomous unmanned or robotic systems operating in real-world environments
  • Demonstrated proficiency with a variety of autonomy approaches and algorithms
  • Strong programming skills in the C++ or Python programming languages with a Linux development environment
  • Experience developing and publishing high-quality robotics / autonomy research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of open-source robotics toolkits such as the Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Experience with real-time software


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About the Control and Autonomous Systems Engineering Group:

The Control & Autonomous Systems Engineering Group applies state estimation, feedback control, and artificial intelligence theory and technology in the development of advanced hardware systems. Applications span a diverse array of operational domains and mission areas, such as space control, missile defense, communications, and homeland protection. Projects include pointing and stabilization of space optical payloads, small satellite state estimation and control, precision navigation of autonomous ground vehicles, coordination of teams of unmanned systems, and basic research pursuing efficient human-robot interaction. Working closely with staff from across the Laboratory, the group frequently supports all phases of project development, from concept generation and analysis, through foundational research and realization in embedded hardware, to system integration and validation.


About MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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 problems critical to national security. In addition to an impressive record of technical innovation in communications, space surveillance, advanced electronics, and air and missile defense, today the Laboratory is also leading the way in newer areas such as cyber security, integrated sensing and decision support, and homeland protection.

Behind every Laboratory solution are researchers with exceptional technical abilities and imagination, developing systems from the initial concept stage, through simulation and analysis, to design and prototyping, and finally to real world demonstrations. Cross-disciplinary collaboration and the breadth of Lincoln Laboratory’s research enable continuous technical growth for its scientists – and they also inspire unparalleled creativity. In the past two years, MIT Lincoln Laboratory has been awarded six R&D 100 Awards that recognize the year’s 100 most significant innovations in technology.

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.

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