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 - Computer Vision

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

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL, http://www.merl.com) located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Research Scientist or Principal Research Scientist in the Multiphysical Systems Group. Successful candidates will be expected to perform original, relevant research in areas including model-based nonlinear control, estimation, and data-driven optimization for multiphysical systems.

The Multiphysical Systems Group at MERL 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 nonlinear control & model predictive control, data-driven optimization and estimation for large-scale system models, 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.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conducting innovative and relevant research in modeling, design, and analysis of multiphysical systems,
  • Publishing results in leading technical journals, conferences, and in patent applications,
  • Partnering with business units, corporate R&D, and academic groups in the execution of R&D projects,
  • Transferring results and technology to Mitsubishi Electric corporate research laboratories, and
  • Drafting project proposals and leading research projects.

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, as well as the intent to impact both the academic research field and 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.