Network Architect
MIT Lincoln Laboratory - Lexington, MA

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Description: The Airborne Networks Group specializes in advanced network and communications systems development, with a focus on mobile and airborne networks of the future. Tactical wireless networks differ from commercial wireless networks in the lack of infrastructure to support stable connectivity. The varied and stressing operational environment, as well as aircraft speeds and maneuverability, and platform integration provide additional challenges to communication and network systems. The Airborne Networks Group uses a combination of technical analysis, modeling, simulation, emulation, prototype development, and flight tests to develop new communication systems and evaluate and predict their performance. The group conducts fundamental research to understand the feasible performance limits of mobile ad-hoc networks and to design practical systems that bring us closer to achieving this capacity. Research and design areas include communication over heterogeneous networks, directional and omnidirectional antenna systems, secure wireless transport, topology management, resource control and allocation, efficient routing, and network quality of service as they apply to this unique and dynamic environment.

A Network Architect is needed to develop advanced concepts and architectures for mobile ad-hoc networks involving both line-of-sight wireless and satellite communication links. Network nodes will include mobile ground, airborne, and space entities. The successful engineer will develop and analyze network architectures and network protocol solutions for military mobile ad-hoc networks that may include heterogeneous links as well as the interconnection of heterogeneous networks.

Requirements: PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or Mathematics is required. In lieu of a PhD, an MSEE with 5 or more years of directly related experience will be considered. Knowledge of Data Networking, Information Theory, Internet Routing protocols, and MANET routing protocols is required. Ability to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills are required.

Desired Skills: Project or internship experience with wireless network implementations is highly desirable. Exposure to commercial wireless network standards (such as 802.11 and 802.16), communication theory, modulation and coding methods including spread spectrum communications, and network Quality of Service and network management is also desired.

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory, headquartered in Lexington, MA, is a U.S. Department of Defense research and development center chartered to apply...