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.

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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 Group E:1 of Part 740, Supplement 1, of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations).


Current Openings


CV06 - Computer Vision / Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist

MERL is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist in the Computer Vision Group. This group pursues cutting-edge research in information capture, extraction, analysis, and display, including computer vision, 3D graphics & modeling, image processing, and machine learning. Our research addresses these topics at all levels, including information capture, extraction, analysis, and display. We are currently searching for a colleague to work on problems of machine learning, including deep learning, classification, labeling, and detection. The group applies its specialized knowledge to challenging industrial problems in areas including robotics, medicine, automobiles, safety and security, retail systems, large and small displays, and building systems. We also contribute to and maintain strong connections in the research community.

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.


MM21 - Multimedia / Postdoctoral Researcher - Signal Processing

MERL invites applications for a one-year postdoc in the area of signal processing, with particular emphasis on signal acquisition and active sensing technologies. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field.

The successful candidate will have an extensive signal processing background and familiarity with related techniques, such as compressive sensing and convex optimization. Specific experience with wave propagation or PDE constrained inverse problems, or with signal acquisition via ultrasonic, radio, optical or other sensing modalities, is preferred. Applicants must have a strong publication record in these areas, demonstrating novel research achievements.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conduct innovative research on active sensing and signal acquisition technologies
  • Collaborate with MERL researchers in an inter-disciplinary and open work environment
  • Publish results in major international conferences and peer-reviewed journals

Position available immediately. Appointments for less than one year may also be considered.

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.


ME22 - Mechatronics / Research Scientist - Vehicle Systems Estimation and Control

MERL is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist Staff in the Mechatronics Group. The Mechatronics group pursue 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 research in the area of estimation, planning, and control algorithms for vehicle systems, and to have a strong background in vehicle dynamics, in advanced estimation algorithms such as particle filtering, in control systems, and in sampling-based path planning algorithms such as RRT, A*, D*. Strong algorithm implementation skills in Matlab are expected, and working knowledge in C/C++ and ROS is highly desired.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conducting innovative and relevant research vehicle dynamics estimation, planning and control,
  • Developing an independent research agenda in the area of control and estimation
  • Applying the research results to company-relevant R&D projects,
  • Publishing results in leading technical journals, conferences and in patent applications,
  • Transferring results and technology to Mitsubishi Electric corporate research laboratories,
  • 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, computer science, or a related discipline, with a concentration on vehicle estimation, planning, and control. 1-2 years of experience after PhD preferred
  • A strong publication record consistent with experience,
  • Extensive knowledge of vehicle dynamics, estimation algorithms, planning algorithms, and control systems,
  • Experience and interest in implementing planning, control and estimation algorithms in laboratory experiments,
  • 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.


DA19 - Data Analytics / Research Scientist - Artificial Intelligence

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) is seeking qualified and highly motivated applicants for the position of Research Scientist in the Data Analytics Group. The successful candidate will be expected to perform original research in the area of artificial intelligence, focusing on algorithms for learning, reasoning, and decision making in large industrial domains. Suitable areas of specialization include machine learning, reinforcement learning, planning and scheduling, robotics, and optimization. Further qualifications are detailed below.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead and perform original research within the above areas, and to extend MERL's long-term research envelope in collaboration with other MERL researchers. Further responsibilities and qualifications are defined below.


  • Conduct research in the area of artificial intelligence. Invent and develop novel machine learning algorithms and methods for predictive modeling of large domains based on sensor data, and optimal planning and decision making in challenging industrial problems. Devise new research ideas and pursue them all the way to realization in prototypes. Assist in preparing patent applications. Publication in major conferences and journals is encouraged.
  • Propose new directions and projects related to artificial intelligence and applications thereof. Assist in preparing research proposals.
  • Transfer technology to our parent company, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation located in Japan. Some travel to Japan and elsewhere will be necessary.


  • A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, or a closely related field. For applicants without industrial work experience, dissertation topic should be related to a primary area of artificial intelligence. Candidates at all levels of experience post PhD are encouraged to apply. For senior candidates, a strong publication record in AI related conferences will be expected.
  • Very strong background in the algorithmic aspects of statistical machine learning, robot learning, reinforcement learning, automated planning and scheduling, or optimization.
  • Background and hands-on experience in areas such as robotics, probabilistic graphical models, or optimization would be a definite plus.
  • Good programming skills in Python or Matlab and at least one production-oriented language (C/C++ or Java), and experience in using them for predictive modeling or decision optimization projects; experience with visualization software or the R language and environment a plus.
  • Preference will be given to candidates experienced in working with industrial equipment in domains such as building automation, electrical power systems, transportation, and robotics/factory automation.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills are a must. Good inter-personal skills are essential.
  • Applicant must be quick to adapt to project needs, and able to work on multiple projects.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) is the North American arm of the Corporate R&D organization of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. MERL conducts application-motivated basic research and advanced development in optimization, control and signal processing. As an open corporate lab, we collaborate with other research organizations, publish our results, and measure our performance by the impact we have on Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the world.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

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