Cryptography Researcher


We live in a time in which you have a choice – a choice where to work, where to apply your talents and ideas, where to grow and look for self-fulfillment. We, the members of the Secure, Resilient Systems and Technology Group, have made our choice. We are here. We are computer scientists, software, hardware and electrical engineers, cryptographers, system analysts and security architects who share a common passion for helping solve some of the hardest technical problems relevant to National security. We pursue innovative, high-impact, practical research in small, focused teams. We succeed by participating in all R&D phases, including problem analysis and innovative solution design, system architecture, rapid prototyping and field-testing, and ultimately transfer of our technology to DoD and Intelligence Community users, sponsors, and Industry. Being part of MIT, we also collaborate closely with academia and publish our research in top-tier venues. We are having fun.


If you would like to pursue your passion for cutting-edge research and work on things that truly matter at a place that combines MIT’s culture of academic excellence, abundance of resources, and superior work-life balance, apply here to learn more. You may discover this is exactly the place you are looking for.


As a Cryptography Researcher, you will provide expertise in theoretical and applied cryptography and lead research in the areas of cryptographic algorithms and protocols. Our R&D activities in this area focus on generic, foundational cryptographic technologies (such as standard and advanced cryptography, side-channel resistance, protocols, and applications) and on the applications of these technologies to the security and resiliency architectures of next-generation mission-critical systems: from drones and satellites, to handheld devices and miniature sensors, to high-performance secure cloud computing, and many others. Your initial project assignments will take into account the preferences and interests you express during the interview; you will be fully expected to influence the directions of these projects, as well as future R&D directions of our group.




  • PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or related fields; in lieu of PhD, a Master’s degree with 3 or more years of relevant experience will be considered
  • Deep knowledge and extensive experience with the design, analysis, verification, and implementation of cryptographic algorithms and protocols
  • Academic or professional research experience and/or publications. Knowledge of cryptography-related government and industry standards
  • The passion to convert vision into reality, excellent work ethic, and effective communication skills are essential


Desired Knowledge and Skills include one or more of the following:


  • Applied cryptography and security protocols
  • Threat modeling and security requirements analysis
  • Algorithms, data-structures, and state-machines


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.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Full time
Massachusetts, US