Employment Openings

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

With offices in Cambridge, MA, we offer a collaborative research environment with excellent benefits where talented people apply their skills and grow professionally. For students, we give scores of interns every year an opportunity to participate in exciting research in a stimulating environment with the likelihood of a publication as a result.

Set Your Own Path - Research Careers at MERL

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 C. Waters, which will give you a sense of the company culture. If you have an interest in working at MERL please submit your resume using the "apply online" button for one of the job openings below.

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Current Openings


CV97: Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist - Deep Learning

25 years of innovation

The Computer Vision Group at MERL conducts fundamental, academically oriented, cutting-edge research that is applied to challenging industrial problems such as object, action and scene understanding, robotic vision, and autonomous driving, as well as surveillance and monitoring systems. MERL has been setting the standard for excellence in the field for over 25 years. Before deep learning became popular, MERL published one of the first papers on a learning-based approach for super-resolution of images, and starting with the publication of the landmark Viola-Jones face detection paper, MERL has steadily contributed to the state-of-the-art in the detection & classification of objects & actions.

With more than 25 years of innovation, MERL is proud to foster an environment that gives researchers the opportunity to set their own path and pursue their passions. The culture at MERL, which values both fundamental scientific contributions and its application to real business, allows for all of our researchers to become leaders in their field. There is no other industrial lab with this level of freedom and flexibility.

Set your own path at MERL

Successful candidates will identify new problems and solutions that are fundamental to the field and broadly useful. You will conduct research to evaluate your solutions, and publish your results in selective peer-reviewed conferences and journals. Research results are typically transferred to counterparts in Japan for further evaluation and development through collaborative projects and a long-term trusting partnership.

What successful candidates look like

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related areas, and have a documented track record of creative innovation that has led to successful research outcomes. Candidates with at least 5 years of experience will be considered for senior positions. Applicants are expected to have excellent programming skills, and be able to communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms.

We are looking for Research Scientists and Principal Research Scientists committed to setting their own path in the area of Deep Learning.

Specific problems of interest are related to scene understanding including detection, classification, labeling and prediction of objects and actions in a wide range of environments.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

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


MP377: Research Scientist / Principal Research Scientist - Multiphysical Systems

MERL's Multiphysical Systems group is seeking an exceptional researcher in the areas of computational analysis of large-scale interconnected dynamical systems, model-based control system design, and mathematical software engineering. Our group conducts fundamental, academically-oriented research in model-based design and analysis of complex multiphysical systems, emphasizing thermofluid, electrical power, and mechatronic applications. Using state-of-the-art equation-oriented languages such as Modelica, we construct system-level dynamic models and use them to design new control and estimation algorithms, analyze complex dynamic behaviors, optimize product performance, and prototype new products and services that are enabled by simulation. Current research interests include model predictive control, data assimilation and large-scale inverse problems, and next-generation tools for scientific computing. Mitsubishi Electric's broad commercial footprint provides ample opportunities to pursue fundamental research motivated by important industrial applications.

The successful candidate will bring an independent research agenda and a track record commensurate with experience, and be willing and able to form and work within interdisciplinary R&D teams. This is a leadership position, with an opportunity to shape and drive a corporate R&D agenda, and the intent to impact the academic research field as well as Mitsubishi Electric businesses. Additional responsibilities may include strategic planning, mentoring and supervision of technical staff and interns, and establishment of academic partnerships depending on seniority.

Qualifications for this position are:

  • A Ph.D. from an internationally-recognized institution in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or equivalent, or in applied mathematics,
  • Experience with constructing and using system-level dynamic models of multiphysical systems of interest,
  • Knowledge of control theory and experience with model-based control system design,
  • Strong software engineering skills,
  • A strong publication record in leading conferences and journals, consistent with experience,
  • A record for independently proposing and executing research programs with academic impact, and
  • Strong teamwork, communication, listening, strategic leadership, and teaching skills.

Interested parties must submit a cover letter and a one-page statement of research interests.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

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


HQ368: Lab Administrator

MERL offers an environment, a culture - and benefits - that you won't find anywhere else. If you're curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community to help shape the future - then take a look at this opportunity.

As MERL's Lab Administrator, you will be at the center of the Lab's day to day operations. As part of our HR/Admin team, you will work to help plan, coordinate, and manage the Lab's front office operations and administrative activities, while playing a key role to support the lab's HR initiatives, including recruiting and social media strategies.

You will have an opportunity to initiate and take part in creative improvements to our existing processes. You will be a highly-valued and appreciated member of our team, contributing to the lab's important mission. Your responsibilities will include purchasing, meeting coordination, and meeting material preparation, calendar management, facility needs, new employee onboarding, event planning, and other office-related and HR and administrative tasks. In performing these tasks, you will be working closely with our management team and expatriate team and will collaborate with IT and Accounting.

The ideal candidate will be a mature, personable, and responsible contributor with a keen ability to work both cooperatively and independently, set priorities, and manage multiple concurrent tasks accurately and reliably. Must be able to work effectively with a broad range of people from different countries both within MERL and Mitsubishi Electric in the US and Japan. Effective communication and organizational skills are essential. Extensive experience with PC operation and Microsoft Office suite is required, as is a college degree.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

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


AL03: 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.


SA233: Principal or Senior Principal Research Scientist - Speech & Audio

MERL's Speech & Audio Team is seeking an exceptional researcher in the area of artificial intelligence, with particular focus on audio, speech, and language processing. We are looking for candidates with a strong background and experience in deep learning and other advanced machine learning techniques.

Our research focuses on cutting-edge projects for robust acquisition, recognition, and understanding of speech and audio, such as end-to-end speech recognition, speech and sound separation, deep-learning-based microphone array processing, acoustic scene understanding, and multi-modal processing.

As a member of our team, you will conduct original research that aims to advance state-of-the-art solutions in the field, with opportunities to work on both fundamental and application-motivated problems. Your work will involve initiating new projects with long-term research goals and leading key efforts.

MERL is one of the most academically-oriented industrial research labs in the world, and the ideal environment to thrive as a leader in the speech and audio field. MERL strongly supports, encourages, and values academic activities such as publishing and presenting research results at top conferences, collaborating with university professors and students, organizing workshops and challenges, and generally maintaining an influential presence in the scientific community.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • At least 5 years of research experience (academia or industry) after Ph.D., and preferably some experience with project leadership.
  • Strong publication record demonstrating innovative research achievements.
  • Thorough knowledge and expertise in speech technologies as well as 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.