Digital Design Specialist

The Space Systems Analysis and Test Group identifies and evaluates threats to U.S. use of space for military, intelligence, civil and commercial purposes. This work involves understanding the attributes and vulnerabilities of U.S. space-related systems, including the sensors and networks used to detect, track, and characterize objects in space, the satellites that provide space-based services, and the infrastructure used to control and operate these satellites. A central component of this effort involves consideration of how adversaries might try to exploit U.S. vulnerabilities; assessing the risk of exploitation involves technically evaluating the knowledge and resources required to mount a credible threat against our systems. This work requires detailed modeling of optical, radar, and propulsion systems; novel ideas for new space systems and on-orbit operations; and understanding the timelines, architectures, and decision-making processes for maintaining awareness of the space environment. In addition, the group pursues potentially game-changing, innovative ideas for remote sensing of space and the Earth. This part of our work involves sensor design, signal and image processing as well as space object and environmental phenomenology. The group seeks researchers from the physical sciences, including physics, mathematics, and chemistry, as well as from a wide range of applied disciplines (including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aeronautics, astronautics and computer science).

Digital Design Specialist

Mid-career FPGA design and test specialist capable of working independently in a large team setting. BS in EE, CS or related field with 5 years of experience is strongly perferred. Focus will be on prototype development of large systems.  Particular skills of interest are listed below.


  1. Verilog, and VHDL languages
  2. Working experience with Microsemi and Xilinx FPGAs
    1. Microsemi RTG4 (primary), RTAX, and RT ProASIC devices
    2. Xilinx Kintex-7 devices
  3. Working experience with Microsemi Libero/Libero SoC and Xilinx Vivado development environments
  4. Git version control system experience
  5. Firmware custom build script experience
  6. Issue tracking system experience (Atlassian Jira preferred)
  7. XML experience desirable
  8. Python experience desirable


Competencies Communication SkillsRelevant Education/Certification/LicenseRelevant Experience

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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.




Requisition ID: 30021 

Salary Range
$57,000.00 - 98,000.00
per Year
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Lexington, MA 02420, US