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.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Inc. "MERL" provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, MERL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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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.


SP490: Research Scientist or Principal Research Scientist - Signal Processing

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 Computational Sensing Team within the Signal Processing Group. Successful candidates will be expected to perform original, relevant research in the broad area of computational sensing. Focus on a particular application area is desired but not necessary. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, array signal processing, coherent optical systems, computational imaging, sensor fusion, and inverse problems. Additionally, experience with machine learning methods and their application to the above sensing areas is desired.

The Signal Processing Group at MERL conducts research that encompasses a wide range of work in the areas of sensing, estimation, localization, inverse problems, sparse reconstruction, array signal processing, and communications. Within the Signal Processing Group the Computational Sensing Team explores novel approaches for signal acquisition and sensing, methods to filter and recover signals in the presence of noise and other degrading factors, and techniques that infer meaning from the processed signals and fusing signals from multiple sensing modalities.

At MERL, researchers have wide latitude to set their own path and pursue their passions. We are proud to foster an environment that values both fundamental scientific contributions and their application to real business. MERL provides a unique level of freedom and flexibility among industrial research labs.

As a member of our staff, you will be identifying new problems and solutions that have broad application and are fundamentally useful both in the field of signal processing and for the parent company. You will conduct innovative research and publish your results in selective peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

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 position with the opportunity to shape and drive a corporate R&D agenda, impact the academic research field, and guide Mitsubishi Electric businesses and products. Additional opportunities may include strategic planning, mentoring and supervision of technical staff and interns, and establishment of academic partnerships.

Qualifications for this position are:

  • A Ph.D. from an internationally-recognized institution in electrical engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of modern signal processing, sensing and inference theory, modelling, machine learning, and experience with real world data and its applications.
  • Ability to rapidly implement and test algorithms and system designs.
  • A strong publication record in leading conferences and journals, consistent with experience.
  • A record for independently proposing and executing research programs.
  • Strong teamwork, communication, listening, writing, and presentation skills.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

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