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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Overview

Lexington, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Aerospace & Defense
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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 advanced technology to problems of national security. We undertake projects in fields as diverse as cyber security, information sciences ... Read more

Mission: Research and development of technology solutions in support of national defense is the primary mission of MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Development of sensors, communications systems, information extraction and decision support systems has been our contribution to national security ... Read more

MIT Lincoln Laboratory – Why Work For Us?

Lexington, MA - Every day at MIT Lincoln Lab provides new opportunities to learn and grow

Rich Technical Challenges 

The real-world challenges of U.S. security and protection provide a continuously evolving array of satisfying, cutting-edge research and development opportunities. Agile thinkers will enjoy the freedom to develop novel ideas and then build and test them in sophisticated real-world simulations. There is stability and funding for long-term research goals as well. Many projects are multidisciplinary and collaborative, allowing staff - who are all experts in their own fields - to learn from and inspire each other. There is also support for building collaborative relationships beyond the Lab. Because of our close relationship with MIT, there are opportunities to consult with MIT faculty and the Lab encourages and supports publication and presentation of results and participation in professional society activities.   

Support to Excel Professionally and Personally 

Lincoln Laboratory provides a variety of benefits and amenities to support professional development and work/life balance, from generous tuition assistance and in-house courses on technical subjects and business management, to an on-site fitness facility, numerous sports leagues and clubs, and access to discounts on movies and museums. Some of our more unique opportunities include the Lincoln Scholars Program, which allows employees to apply for full-time pursuit of Master’s or Doctoral degrees; and eligibility for the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program, which pardons remaining student loan balances after 10 years of full-time Lab service and loan payments. 

Inclusive and Welcoming Environment 

To assist new employees in transitioning into the Laboratory and local area, the Lincoln Laboratory New Employee Network offers opportunities for social and professional networking. Active employee resource groups provide an additional forum for employees to connect with colleagues of similar backgrounds and experiences. 

Community Engagement 

For those who value giving back, opportunities also abound. Educational outreach efforts include the Lab’s “Science on Saturday” program for kids – fun, free science demonstrations offered at the Lab several times each school year – and “CyberPatriot,” a national student competition to defend a simulated corporate network from external attacks. Community-based outreach ranges from “Support our Troops” initiatives to our holiday giving tree.


Please visit our website at to learn more about our opportunities and mission areas and go to to read about the talented employees who are MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  

Working at Lincoln Laboratory

undefinedMIT Lincoln Laboratory technical staff work on applied research and development to provide solutions to national defense problems. Laboratory projects continually evolve with technology, presenting scientists and engineers with opportunities to explore new lines of research. In addition, many projects are multidisciplinary and collaborative.

The Laboratory, employing about 3700 people, has a strong infrastructure to support the research and demonstration activities behind the development of new devices and technologies. Lincoln Laboratory's facilities include dozens of small, specialized labs; a major microelectronics laboratory; an airborne test bed facility and an RF system test facility; the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex; and a comprehensive library.


undefinedApproximately 1700 technical staff members work on research, prototype building, and field demonstrations. The technical staff come from a broad range of scientific and engineering fields. Two-thirds of the professional staff hold advanced degrees, and 60% of those degrees are at the doctoral level. 

Recognizing the evolving threats in the modern world, The Laboratory has initiated creation of a Cyber Security Division that will invesitgate solutions in Cryptography, Network Security, Penetration Analysis, and other cyber security threats..

The Laboratory’s strong affiliation with MIT provides staff with opportunities to take advantage of MIT’s offerings—courses, seminars, cultural events, and facilities.

The Laboratory’s location just outside Boston affords access to many fine universities and colleges. The Boston area also has excellent cultural institutions and recreation for sports enthusiasts and fans.

A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

MIT Lincoln Laboratory recognizes that its continuing success is achieved through the appreciation and support of the diverse talents, ideas, cultures, and experiences of its employees.     

Work-Life Balance 

MIT Lincoln Laboratory recognizes that a balance between work and personal life is essential for employees' well-being. The Laboratory offers a number of services to assist employees in maintaining such a balance, as well as offering flexible work schedules, part-time employment, and telecommuting opportunities.   

Health and Wellness 

MIT Lincoln Laboratory understands the need to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle while juggling a career. A few amenities offered at the Lab to help you pursue a healthy lifestyle include an onsite fitness center, access to an onsite MIT Medical center and the option for individualized health consultations for you and your family. The Lab is also proud to offer special parking privileges and Mother’s Rooms to new and expectant mothers. 

Community Outreach 

Community Outreach is a significant component of the Laboratory's mission. It helps capitalize on strengths of the Laboratory's scientific population in collaboration with the public community to promote education and research. From the beginning, our outreach initiatives have been inspired by employees’ desires to help people in need and to motivate student interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and Math (STEM).  

Continuing education and professional development empower our people to push the boundaries of innovation.

Professional Development 

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is committed to fostering and developing its staff by providing opportunities to expand their knowledge through various outlets. The Laboratory encourages staff to think outside the box and urges them to help inform other interested parties by publishing in technical journals, attending conferences, and participating in professional societies. The Laboratory boasts a comprehensive library which provides complete information services to facilitate the staff's research in their respective fields.   

  • Workshops and In-house Training 
  • Technical Education Committee Program 
  • Technical Seminars 
  • Mentoring 
  • Lincoln Scholars & MBA Program 
  • Part-Time Graduate Studies Program 
  • Teaching Appointments 
  • Rewards and Recognition  
Tremendously diverse & inclusive environment

The Laboratory recognizes that our technical excellence is founded on hiring, supporting, and developing talented people who have a wide range of ideas, backgrounds, and experiences. 

Employee Resource Groups 

LINK: LINK is a networking group intended for those who want to network throughout their career with MIT.

LLNEN: The New Employee Network (LLNEN) is a networking group intended for employees who have been at MIT LL for 0-5 years and are transitioning into the MIT LL culture/life.   

OPEN: The Out Professional Employee Network (OPEN) provides a forum for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community at Lincoln Laboratory. 

LLHLN: The Lincoln Laboratory Hispanic/Latino Network (LLHLN) was founded by Laboratory employees to increase awareness of the growing Hispanic and Latino employee population. 

LLWN: Lincoln Laboratory Women's Network (LLWN) seeks to promote the recruitment, retention, and achievement of female employees and provides a forum in which women across the Laboratory can share experiences, strategies for success, and information about available resources. 

LED: The Lincoln Employees with Disabilities (LED) employee resource group supports employees with disabilities and helps to create an efficient and accessible workspace that is inclusive to all. 

LEAN: The Lincoln Employees' African American Network (LEAN) addresses the concerns and issues faced by African American employees and prospective candidates. 

RCG: Recent College Graduates (RCG) is a networking group intended for employees who have been at MIT LL for 0-3 years and are transitioning from college life.    

LLVETS: The Lincoln Laboratory Veterans' Network (LLVETS) supports, develops and promotes the unique characteristics and needs of military veterans at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. 

GEM National Consortium: The Laboratory partners with the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM). Through partnerships with universities and industries, GEM provides support to students from underrepresented groups who are seeking advanced degrees in science and engineering fields.  

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    Freedom of an academic environment without the pressure to publish or find grants. Great group leaders that encourage staff growth and side projects.


    Can be a bit slow-moving like its government customers.

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Lexington, MA) in January 2018.


    Initially contacted for a phone screen with the group leader, which was getting to know more about the position and about my interests. I was moved onto an on-site interview, which consisted of meeting and touring the facility with HR, and then having six 1-1 interviews with members of the group. Almost all behavioral, though seems like it's up to the interviewer to ask anything.

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Awards & Accolades

  • R&D 100 Awards, R&D Magazine, 2014
  • Four R&D 100 Awards(Lincoln Open Cryptographic Key Management Architecture (Software), Route Availability Planning Tool, Wavelength Beam-Combining Fiber-Coupled Diode Laser, & Wide Field-of-View Curved Focal Plane Array (WFC)), R&D Magazine, 2012
  • IEEE Milestones in Electrical Engineering & Computing, IEEE, 2012
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence - Research & Development Category, U.S. Small Business Administration, 2013
  • Two R&D 100 Awards(Photoacoustic Sensing of Explosives & Structured Knowledge Space (Software)), R&D Magazine, 2013
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