Employment Openings

We are always on the lookout for exceptional scientists and engineers to join the MERL team.

With offices in Cambridge, MA, we offer an excellent benefits package and work environment for talented people to apply their skills and grow professionally in a nerd-friendly environment. For students who are interested in pursuing an exciting summer of research and prototyping, we hire scores of interns every year.

For a flavor of what MERL is like, browse our people, projects and publications pages. We also invite you to read the welcome letter from our President, Dr. Richard Waters, which will give you a sense of the company culture. If you have an interest in working at MERL please contact us.

You may send resumes to:

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories
201 Broadway, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139-1955

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Qualified applicants for employment at MERL are individuals who have or can obtain full authorization to work in the U.S. and do not require export licenses to receive information about the projects they will be exposed to at MERL. The U.S. government prohibits the release of information without an export license to citizens of several countries, including, without limitation, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria (Country Groups E:1 and E:2 of Part 740, Supplement 1, of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations).


Current Openings


HQ24 - Headquarters / Linux/Network Administrator

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) is the North American subsidiary of the corporate research and development organization of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. MERL conducts application-motivated basic research and advanced development in optimization, control and signal processing. MERL is seeking an IT professional to join its Central Services team, who will be responsible for directing the support of all computer hardware systems and server assets, which network users rely on for file sharing, printing, email and Internet usage at MERL.


Implement and support the email system; recommend design changes. Assist with backup and granular restore support of Open Source and some Microsoft products. Design, maintain, and repair network servers. Make sure appropriate hardware and software is installed to meet technology demands at MERL. Implement and support virtual servers and desktops using KVM, VMARE & Citrix etc. Servers. Installs, configures and maintains LINUX operating systems.

Perform software installations and upgrades. Diagnoses and resolves LINUX-related issues and logs troubleshooting reports. Install, configure and maintain workstation computers and other related hardware components, network cards and software. Receive, investigate and respond to user questions and problems encountered with hardware/software, diagnose problems and performing troubleshooting activities. Manages user account information, including rights, security and systems groups.

Plan and train staff in the installation and support of local and wide area networks. Train users in use of software, hardware, and network systems. Arrange for return of defective parts and warranty service to manufacturer or supplies. Configures, tests, maintains and resolves issues related to LAN and WAN.

Document procedures for installation, use, maintenance, troubleshooting, and management of the MERL's information assets. Maintains and operates computer systems or networks. Installs, supports and manages servers and resolves issues as needed. Installs patches and performs system backups and recovery. Monitors system configuration and maintains data files.


  • 7+ years Linux systems administration with knowledge of installations, security, performance tuning, shell scripting, and configuration management
  • Knowledge of multiple HPC (Penguin Computing,Rocks Cluster) supporting Slurm or PBS queuing.
  • Experience with hardware and OS virtualization (KVM, and Citrix preferred) and knowledge of related technologies and concepts (shared processing, storage, networking, security, etc.)
  • Thorough understanding of network infrastructure and concepts (Cisco Router and Switches, SonicWall Firewalls and VPN (OpenVPN, SonicWall,pfSense), Extreme Wireless and routing protocols, network layers, etc.)
  • Understanding of Windows Server /Desktop Components; Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, Group Policies controls and Linux integration.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies quickly and independently
  • Strong technical, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical certifications, training, or work experience.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


ME25 - Mechatronics / Visiting Research Scientist

MERL has an open position for Visiting Research Scientist in the Mechatronics Group. The Mechatronics group pursues cutting-edge research in control systems design, dynamical systems, optimization, and estimation algorithms, with applications to transportation systems, automotive, factory automation and robotics, building systems and HVAC, satellite systems, and electric power systems.

The candidate is expected to perform state of the art research in at least one of the two areas:

  • (1) formal methods for control design of cyber-physical systems (CPS);
  • (2) combined model-based and machine-learning approaches for control design.

The key applications areas will be in automotive, mobile robotics, and energy management. Strong algorithm implementation skills in Matlab are expected, and working knowledge in C/C++ and ROS, or desire to spend considerable time in learning them is highly desired.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conceiving and conducting innovative and relevant research in at least one of the above areas
  • Publishing results in leading technical journals, conferences and in patent applications,
  • Applying the research results to company-relevant R&D projects,
  • Collaborating with research staff, academic partners and mentoring interns.

Qualifications for this position are:

  • A Ph.D. from an internationally-recognized institution in mechanical, electrical, aerospace engineering, or computer science with focus on control or machine learning
  • A strong publication record consistent with experience,
  • Extensive knowledge of formal methods for control design or machine learning
  • Experience and interest in implementing algorithms in robotic laboratory setups
  • Strong teamwork, communication, listening and teaching skills.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


AL03 - Algorithms / Postdoctoral Researcher - Optimization and Inference

MERL seeks a highly motivated individual to collaborate in one or more research projects on the optimization of discrete network flows in problems relating to transport and inference. Some of the application areas we are currently studying include exotic people-moving systems, wireless communications, image denoising and enhancement, and medical image interpretation. Duties will include original research, algorithm development, software implementation, and extensive simulation, testing, and analysis. The candidate may also elect to devote part of each week to independent research.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. in computer science or allied fields from a well-recognized institution (or equivalent training and experience); MERL will also consider exceptional candidates regardless of credentials.
  • A balance of theoretical and practical orientation.
  • Software prototyping and development skills.
  • Background in probability, statistics, and discrete/continuous/convex optimization. Knowledge of computer vision, audition, and/or graphics a plus.
  • The proven ability to make and publish fundamental innovations.
  • Some relevant industrial experience.

This is a ground floor opportunity in a world-class research laboratory.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


CV06 - Computer Vision / Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist

MERL is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist in the Computer Vision Group. This group pursues cutting-edge research in computer vision for information capture, extraction, analysis, and display from 2D, 3D and 4D data, using deep learning, 3D geometry, image processing, 3D graphics & modeling. We perform research ranging from fundamental to applied with a strong emphasis on tackling difficult problems in computer vision. We are currently searching for a colleague to work on problems related to detection, classification, labeling and prediction of objects and actions in a wide range of environments. The group applies its specialized knowledge to challenging industrial problems in areas including robotics, automobiles, safety and security, retail systems, large and small displays, building systems, and medicine. We also contribute to and maintain strong connections in the research community through university collaborations, publications, conference participation, sabbaticals and internships.

The successful candidate will be expected to initiate, lead and perform original research within the above areas, and to extend MERL's domain of expertise. Further qualifications are detailed below.


  • Identify new problems and solutions that are broadly useful. Conduct research to evaluate these solutions and publish results in selective peer-reviewed conferences and journals. Conceive futuristic business possibilities and the technology and methods to address them.
  • Learn about existing Mitsubishi Electric businesses and consider their needs when defining research initiatives. Collaborate with Mitsubishi Electric labs in Japan to transfer information, prototypes, and code.
  • Assist in preparing your patent applications.


  • A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related areas.
  • Documented track record of creative innovation and of developing, conducting, and leadingsuccessful research projects.
  • Excellent programming skills (C/C++, Matlab, Python, etc).
  • Good presentation and writing skills are expected.
  • Applicant must be able to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and balance workloadamong different projects.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


MM23 - Multimedia / Research Scientist - Speech

MERL's Speech & Audio Team is seeking an exceptional researcher in the areas of audio, speech, and language processing to work on robust acquisition, recognition and understanding. We are looking for candidates with a strong background in advanced machine learning techniques for speech and language processing.

Our research focuses on cutting-edge projects such as speech and sound separation, deep-learning-based microphone array processing, end-to-end speech recognition, and audio-visual question answering. As a member of our team, you will conduct original research and contribute to ongoing initiatives within the team.


  • Conduct innovative research aiming to redefine the cutting edge in speech and audio processing.
  • Publish results in major international conferences and peer-reviewed journals.
  • Maintain an influential presence in the academic community, for example via participation in technical and organizing committees.
  • Assist in the patenting of developed technology and its transfer to R&D labs in Japan.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Thorough knowledge and expertise in speech technologies.
  • Strong publication record demonstrating innovative research achievements.
  • Knowledge and experience with relevant machine learning and optimization techniques.
  • Excellent programming skills, particularly in Python and deep learning toolkits.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.