Test Pilot/Specialist - MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Test Pilot/Specialist

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Lexington, MA

The engineering Test Pilot/Specialist is an essential member of the Flight Test Facility team and is responsible for conducting mission safety & test planning and operating highly modified manned and unmanned aircraft for the purpose of Research and Development.

The Test Pilot primary duties include:

  • Directly responsible for the safe and efficient conduct of the flights they are assigned.
  • Work effectively with small teams to engage with the engineering customer and ensure a smooth aircraft integration process.
  • Coordinate with the engineering customer to understand project scope, build schedules, write test plans (including flight profiles and test cards), analyze flight test risk, manage logistics, and coordinate airspace.
  • Actively contribute in technical information and test planning meetings, Configuration Control Boards, Safety Review Boards, First Flight Readiness Review Boards, preflight briefings and debriefings.
  • Communicate to engineering project personnel the results of test flights (ground and/or flight) including recommendations and lessons learned.
  • Observe company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), FAA rules and regulations, and proper use of safety and risk mitigation methods.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, local, DOD and foreign regulations as well as company policies and procedures specified in the company flights operations manual.            
  • Investigate, review, and comply with military range operating procedures.
  • Conduct other day-to-day administrative responsibilities required in the flight operations department (i.e. flight safety, training, record keeping, navigation tools/database maintenance, process development, etc). 
  • As the most visible Flight Test Facility representative to the Laboratory, must act with tact and decorum while ensuring efficient and safe flight operations.


  • Practical knowledge of flight test procedures with 5 years of flight test experience
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with MEL privileges and at least Commercial SEL privileges
  • Current FAA Medical Certificate (First or Second Class)
  • Military Pilot experience is strongly preferred
  • Jet aircraft experience with type ratings desired
  • Experience in DeHavilland Twin Otter, Falcon 20, Gulfstream II/IV and single-engine Cessna desirable
  • Minimum of 2500 hours, including 1000 hours of turbine, at which at least 500 hours Pilot in Command (PIC) time.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent highly preferred.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of individuals, departments and organizations
  • Ability and willingness to work with irregular hours and work days
  • Ability to travel on short notice
  • Familiarity with FAA Certification processes and procedures are a plus
  • Familiarity with UAS systems is also desired
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain government (DoD) clearance

To Apply:

For a full position description and to apply, please visit https://careers.ll.mit.edu and search using requisition # 26452

For Benefits Information, click http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits

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.