Summer Research Program Intern

Group 36—Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Integration
The Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Integration Group supports the Missile Defense Agency in the development, deployment, testing, and enhancement of the ballistic missile defense system. This system is currently being developed to defend the United States, deployed forces, and allies from ballistic missile attacks. The group performs detailed system and component engineering, flight and ground test analysis, and advanced capability development in collaboration with the contractors and government program offices that are building the missile defense elements and components. Several elements are being developed, tested, and deployed in the near future, including the ground-based missile defense element (to protect the United States from intercontinental ballistic missiles) and a ship-based Aegis ballistic missile defense element (to protect deployed forces and allies against short- and medium-range ballistic missiles).


Project Description: Implementing image processing algorithms and characterizing sensor noise for optical sensors, and then using sensor  observations to construct physics-based models and analyze results in an effort to determine basic properties of observed objects



  • PhD candidate in physics, astronomy, engineering or related field
  • Experience with image processing, machine learning, and programming in MATLAB desired


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