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Radar Operations Specialist

The Advanced Sensors and Techniques Group operates the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC) that comprises of the Millstone deep-space satellite tracking radar, the Haystack Ultra-wideband Satellite Imaging Radar (HUSIR) and the Haystack Auxiliary imaging radar (HAX).  All these radar are remotely controlled from the Lexington Space Situational Awareness Center (LSSAC) which serves as a data processing and fusion node for the LSSC and other ground and space-based space surveillance sensors.  Together, the LSSC and LSSAC serve as an operational test bed for space situational awareness technologies and provide access to a rich set of radar and optical data.  The group's current research and development efforts focus on problems such as tracking  and identification of newly launched satellites, tracking and discrimination of satellites in geosynchronous clusters, automated radar image exploitation, close approach monitoring and collision warning, applications of mullti-sensor data fusion, and decision support.  The group is also developing a net-centric, service-oriented information system

Will operate the Millstone, HUSIR and HAX radars at LSSC or at the LSSAC to track satellites and carry out data acquisition according to customer needs. Responsibility will include collection of space data as tasked; initialization and shutdown of radar systems, including high-voltage transmitter components; perform initial analysis of collected data to verify that the radar is operating correctly; monitor communications links for tasking and other mission information; be cognizant of and take appropriate action on equipment problems; interact with radar engineers, technicians, IT professionals, and the LSSC Site Manager or his representative to ensure optimum system performance; and communicate with external customers in response to special data collection requests, and to convey changes in sensor status.


Associate Degree or equivalent and 4 - 6 years’ experience in radar operations is desired. Knowledge of orbital mechanics highly desirable. Requires fluency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with UNIX/Linux user applications and MATLAB is a plus. Candidates must have strong communications skills, and the ability to work alone or in small teams. This position involves weekly rotating shift work and weekend hours. Candidates must be willing and able to work all shifts and to work at both at the Lexington and Westford locations as needed; and must have the flexibility to adapt to short-notice schedule changes and rapidly changing mission tempos.

 Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interface with the sponsor on a daily basis are required

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