Security Researcher

What do we do in the Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group?


This is some of the exciting work you can be involved in if you join our team. Our U.S. Government faces serious threats from sophisticated, evolving cyber adversaries who seek to access, compromise, and disrupt systems and the missions they support. The Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group strives to improve the security of these government systems through the development and deployment of innovative cyber security solutions using sound scientific and engineering principles and methodologies. The group develops quantitative threat models, metrics, and prototypes for securing current and future systems; novel Big Data analytics for discovery, characterization and prediction of cyber behavior; and improvements to operational cyber systems that enhance resilience and effectiveness.  In each of the group's research and development (R&D) areas, emphasis is placed on realistic data and rigorous experimental evaluation of techniques.


Projects are carried out by small, focused, cooperative teams that succeed together by participating in all phases of technical solution development, including systems analysis, innovative solution design, system architecture, solution prototyping and field-testing, and final technology transfer to Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) sponsors or industry. The Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group comprises computer scientists, mathematicians, machine learning researchers and practitioners, system analysts, software developers and security architects who firmly believe they can improve the security of the nation. 


We are looking for a Security Researcher who will become a key member of our creative group of researchers and capability developers analyzing and developing technologies for securing computers and related systems, with an emphasis on those of particular interest to the U.S. Government. Your work will include evaluation of existing systems, research and development of novel defenses, architecting, designing, developing and documenting secure systems and providing guidance on the strategic direction of future research and development activities. You will have demonstrated a strong ability to independently develop robust and secure code. 




  • PhD in Computer Science, Cyber Security, Computer Engineering, Applied Mathematics or related field.  In lieu of a PhD, an M.S. degree and 3 years of relevant experience will be considered
  • An ability to propose and explore new techniques and technologies and be able to design, test and validate new capabilities
  • Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills (e.g. with government sponsors, military operators and other research institutions) is required.


Desired skills: (nice to have):


  • Knowledge of C/C++, Python, Java and/or R
  • Working knowledge of Applied Mathematics, Physics or Statistics
  • Experience with:
    • System, software, network, or web security
    • Operating system internals, network protocols
    • Modeling and simulation
    • System analysis and vulnerability analysis


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