Network Engineer, Delay Tolerant Networks – Student Technical Assistant
MIT Lincoln Laboratory - Lexington, MA

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Job Title: Network Engineer, Delay Tolerant Networks-Student Technical Assistant

The Optical Communications Technology Group develops advanced laser communications technology for many applications. Research in superconducting, single-photon-counting detectors, novel modulation formats, and coding supports the development of future high-data-rate, interplanetary laser communications links. These technologies support the most sensitive optical communications links ever developed, enabling communication of several bits per detected photon across vast distances.

Network Engineer, Delay Tolerant Networks - Part Time Student Technical Assistant - The candidate will implement the Licklider Transmission Protocol (LTP) (IETF RFC 5235-7), using the open source Interplanetary Overlay Network (ION) reference implementation, to emulate multiple users communicating over intermittent deep space communications channels. The data traffic will be transmitted over the laser communications link between the earth and the NASA LADEE spacecraft orbiting the moon in late 2013 as part of the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD). The candidate will write software to emulate multiple virtual users at the LLCD operations center, and will write software to emulate multiple LTP nodes at the LLCD ground station. The candidate will need to learn relevant aspects of NASA's UNIX-based Integrated Test and Operations System (ITOS) real-time satellite control and monitoring software. If successful, the candidate's work will be considered for use in the follow-on NASA Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) mission, slated for launch in 2017.

The candidate will be working part time, at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory campus in Lexington, MA, during normal business hours, up to ten hours per week.

  • Must be currently pursuing a technical baccalaureate degree,
  • Minimum of two years of college coursework towards a CE, EE, CE, or Physics degree
  • The candidate must have experience implementing networking protocols,
  • Hardware and software implementations of multilayer network protocols,
  • UNIX-family real-time operating system,
  • C/C++/Java or other standard programming languages.
  • Experience with LTP, ION, or Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) would be highly advantageous.
  • UNIX system administration skills would be helpful.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOD clearance is required

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