MIT Lincoln Laboratory Space Control Analyst in Vandenberg, Afghanistan

The mission of the Advanced Sensors and Techniques group is to develop and demonstrate tactically-relevant space situational awareness (SSA) in support of space control. The group focuses on the techniques, operational concepts, and advanced sensor systems that are needed to obtain timely and predictive information about space objects.

This work is enabled by hands-on access to an operational network of space surveillance sensor systems. The group operates the Lincoln Space Surveillance Complex (LSSC), comprising the Millstone radar, Haystack Ultra-wideband Satellite Imaging Radar (HUSIR), and the Haystack Auxiliary (HAX) radar. The group is also responsible for the space mission at the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Kwajalein. The Lexington Space Situational Awareness Center (LSSAC) serves as a central mission-support center and data-fusion node, with data feeds from the entire Space Surveillance Network and prototype sensor systems including the 3.5-meter Space Surveillance Telescope. These systems form a test range that is used to develop and demonstrate novel tactical SSA techniques such as optics-cued radar search, high-interest object monitoring, high-value asset neighborhood watch, and new launch custody.

The group also develops advanced sensors and sensor concepts, including improvements to the LSSC and RTS radars. The group recently developed and built HUSIR, which, with its 8 GHz bandwidth and 3 mm wavelength, is the highest resolution radar in the U.S. Space Surveillance Network. The group supports the government in the development of the Space Fence, a large space-surveillance phased array radar system, and develops and demonstrates bistatic and multistatic radar technology for tactical search, custody, and characterization of space objects.

These efforts are led by technical staff with expertise in sensor systems, exploitation techniques, and real-world operations. The staff is sharply focused on the most relevant problems by vigilant understanding of threat scenarios and user needs, backing analysis with measurements and experiments. The group seeks talented people with backgrounds in physical science, engineering, or applied mathematics, and interests in astrodynamics, experimental physics, software development, signal and image processing, electromagnetic analysis, RF technology or system integration.

The Advanced Sensors and Techniques group’s research and development efforts focus on advanced sensors for space surveillance applications, development of tactical SSA techniques, automated image exploitation, close approach monitoring and collision warning, applications of multi-sensor data fusion, and decision support. To ensure the relevance of all the group's efforts, we forward deploy staff at key space command centers to tightly integrate with real-world operations.

We are seeking an analyst to promote advanced space control capabilities from the JSpOC and 18th SPCS at Vandenberg AFB. This analyst will perform and promote continuous development of remote sensing capabilities and the analysis of collected data in support of space control decision making. The analyst will be the local lead for Lab participation all JFCC Space operations. As such, they will be the principal liaison to the units and operators for planning and execution of exercises as well as for coordination of Lab reachback. Duties include on-site support for anomaly resolution, software build content development, and reachback. The analyst will support the design, development, installation and testing of Lab provided software and hardware as required.

Candidates should have knowledge of and experience in orbital mechanics in both Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geosynchronous (GEO) regimes. Candidates should also have experience with management and/or acquisition of developing and delivering new satellite systems. Candidates must have the ability to self-study, complete assignments independently and in a team environment, and effectively present results. Candidates should be comfortable interfacing with sponsors, contractor partners, and vendors that have overlapping responsibilities but varied degrees of familiarity with orbital dynamics and SSA data processing techniques. Can didates with experience in SSA data processing techniques will be given special consideration.


M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or related discipline with 5+ years of experience is required.

On-site hire to the Laboratory’s field site at Vandenberg AFB, CA

Experience/education in JSpOC

Experience in LEO and GEO regime satellite operations

Operations and/or management experience with intelligence community

A basic understanding of optics and/or radar to support SSA data collection and exploitation

The ability to obtain and maintain a government (DoD) security clearance

Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.Candidate with existing active SCI is desired.

This is a 2 year term appointment.

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.