Technical Staff - Systems Analyst

Job Summary

Scientific / Technical Staff
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Systems and Analysis group analyzes and evaluates concepts vital to maintaining the technological lead of the United States Air Force. 

We work on:

  • Survivability of U.S. Air Force aircraft against air defenses – today and into the future (strike bombers, fighter jets, ISR aircraft, and aerial refueling tankers)
  • Enabling fighter technologies and air combat tactics
  • Tactical sensor performance across the electromagnetic spectrum – radar to infrared
  • Impact of radar jamming and electronic protection techniques
  • Advanced air-to-air missile and air-to-surface weapon capabilities
  • Myth-busting of unconventional technologies for military applications


  • Learn how to be a Systems Analyst. Our staff excel at approaching large, complex problems by breaking them down into their basic components, analyzing what matters at the appropriate fidelity, and explaining key drivers to non-technical audiences
  • Lead technical analysis projects independently or in small teams, from conception to completion. Projects typically last 3 months to 1 year
  • Execute rapid, quick turn analysis in response to sponsor and senior leader requests. Quick turn briefings are typically delivered within a few days to weeks
  • Collaborate with other staff to research and compile relevant technical information
  • Develop physics-based models at the required precision to support analysis efforts – from back-of-the-envelope calculations to computationally-intensive simulations
  • Present analysis products to internal and external audiences at meetings, conferences, and site visits. This includes working with a team of professional graphic artists to build clear, concise, and technically accurate slides suitable for a wide range of audiences
  • Travel to external meetings to present briefs and interface with the DoD community
  • Mentor other staff and foster development opportunities


  • PhD in any technical field within science or engineering will be considered. An MS with 5+ years of directly related experience will also be considered
  • Strong technical leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to apply talents to new fields at both the technically detailed and big picture level
  • Eagerness to tackle open-ended problems
  • Ability to program in a technical environment (e.g., MATLAB, Python, C++, Java, etc.)
  • Effective communication skills to convey technical concepts in a clear, concise manner to a wide spectrum of audiences
  • Desire to work in support of DoD missions and the ability to learn on-the-job (prior military systems experience not expected)
  • Interest in modeling and simulation. Our group is software-focused, but we do collaborate with other hardware-focused groups to validate our models with test data

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include: 

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans
  • MIT-funded pension
  • Matching 401K
  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)
  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs
  • Mentorship programs
  • A range of work-life balance options
  • ... and much more!  

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.

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.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 07
Application Deadline
2023 Oct 31