Radio Science Engineer

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States of America
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Radio Science Engineer


Haystack Observatory’s Atmospheric-Geospace Sciences Group seeks a radio science engineer to participate in developing instrumentation for Geospace radar and radio science systems which remotely sense the near-Earth space environment.  The Geospace group operates the Millstone Hill Incoherent Scatter Radar system, a large, powerful radar used for studying the upper atmosphere and its dynamics.  Other areas of interest include developing next-generation array radar systems and distributed radio science instrument arrays. 


Responsibilities include supporting the implementation, integration, and testing of radio science instrumentation; translating concepts into hardware that is operational, meets formal and informal requirements, and is documented appropriately; developing the electronics, signal processing, and software to realize systems that produce scientific measurements; focusing on technical development for the Millstone Hill Geosapce facility using advanced software radar technology, RF electronics, and digital systems; collaborating with the Geospace group’s PI teams, engineering staff, and technicians to implement projects from concept to operations; interfacing with engineering firms to support system implementation, upgrades, and refurbishment; and providing debugging and off-hours call-in support.  



  • B.S. in electrical engineering, physics, computer engineering, or related field
  • Relevant experience in an academic science laboratory or radio science research context
  • Experience designing, testing, and debugging electronic systems used as part of radar/radio telescope systems
  • Solid knowledge of RF electronics and their interface with digital control systems
  • Experience with digital electronics, including sensor interfacing, software development for embedded systems in C and/or Python
  • Knowledge of modern software development in a Linux environment
  • Experience with system integration and the testing of scientific instruments
  • Ability to balance work across multiple projects in a scientific research environment
  • Good communication and documentation skills


Occasional travel will be required.

Haystack is located in Westford, MA.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


Interested candidates may apply online at  Please reference job number 22015.


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Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 2, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, December 2, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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