The Chemical and Biological Defense Systems Group develops systems and technology for disaster preparedness, detection, mitigation, and attribution, with emphasis on chemical and biological defense. Principal sponsors are the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. The work of the group is highly interdisciplinary; as a result, the backgrounds of the researchers are diverse, including engineering (electrical, mechanical, chemical, biomedical), physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and biology. Rigorous systems analyses produce system architectures and recommend research areas to guide government investment. These analyses are grounded by modeling and simulation of threats and defenses, and by data analysis. Sensor development is conducted at several levels, including initial measurements of detection signatures, proof-of-concept experiments for biological or chemical assay or electro-optic sensors, integration into autonomous sensors along with development of the associated electronics and algorithms, and rigorous field testing in relevant environments. The group develops and tests multitechnology integrated systems in operational settings. The integrated systems include significant algorithm development to fuse multisource information. Emerging thrusts in the group include support for additional homeland security missions, countering weapons of mass destruction, and explosives detection.
Candidate will analyze the requirements for, and the performance of, sensor systems and architectures for homeland and military chemical, biological and explosives defense problems. Examples of analysis problems include rapid detection of biological and chemical attacks; performance requirements for new sensor systems to detect biological and chemicalthreats, development and use of sensor systems to identify and interdict homeland border securitythreats; and use of technology and architecture concepts to aid in situational awareness and decision support. Activities include systems analysis, modeling, simulation, statistical analysis, data analysis, design of experiments, algorithm development, technology assessments, and field testing. Analysis is often coordinated with inputs from stakeholder communities to incorporate operational constraints, requirements, and concepts of operation. Candidate may also support design, prototyping and field testing of prototype homeland protection systems.
PhD in Applied Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Applied Physics or related scientific field, or equivalent experience in technical analysis. In lieu of a PhD, a master's degree with 5+ years of directly related experience will be considered. The applicant should be experienced in defining and developing applied mathematical models and simulations related to real-world problems. Experience in analyzing sensor systems, developing algorithms, optimization, machine learning, or data fusion techniques, as well as experience analyzing sensors used for Department of Homeland Security or Department of Defense, including detectors for chemicals, biological agents and explosives is highly desirable. The applicant should demonstrate strong leadership skills and must also be able to independently develop an analysis approach, and interpret and present results to a broad audience. Strong communications skills and ability to work both independently and in a multi-disciplinary team environment are necessary.
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.