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.

MERL expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of MERL's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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 and Syria (Country Groups E:1 and E:2 of Part 740, Supplement 1, of the U.S. Export Administration Regulations).


Current Openings


SA1603: Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist - Speech & Audio

MERL's Speech & Audio Group is seeking an exceptional researcher in the area of artificial intelligence, with particular focus on and interest in audio, speech, and/or 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, general sound scene understanding, audio-visually grounded NLP, and other forms of multi-modal processing.

As a member of our group, you will conduct original research aiming to advance the state-of-the-art in the field, proposing new projects with long-term research goals and taking on a leadership role on some of the group's projects.

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 and encourages publishing and presenting research results in top international conferences and peer-reviewed journals, collaborating with university professors and students, and maintaining an influential presence in the academic community, for example by participating in technical committees or organizing workshops and challenges.


  • A Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution in electrical engineering, applied mathematics, computer science or equivalent.
  • Thorough knowledge and expertise in modern speech technologies as well as relevant machine learning and optimization techniques.
  • Strong publication record demonstrating innovative research achievements.
  • Excellent programming skills, particularly in Python and deep learning toolkits.
  • 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.


HQ1608: HR/Lab Administrator

In this role, the selected individual will support many facets of the day-to-day HR/Admin operations including, recruiting, onboarding, trainings, and payroll/benefits/HRIS administration. Working closely with the HR team, they will help to coordinate company holiday/summer gatherings, weekly virtual and in person events by selecting venues, creating communication pieces, and managing guest lists. They will manage MERL's social accounts, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and FB. They will act as the point of contact for shipping (FedEx, mail, etc.) and support all aspects of the Lab's facility needs including, kitchen, mailroom, and general office areas and will be responsible for purchasing office/kitchen supplies. They will also support the CEO to complete MERL's annual report.

The selected candidate should have a minimum of two years related experience, including demonstrated proficiency with computers, calendar functionality, databases, and MS Office tools. The ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks in an organized fashion is key. Must enjoy working in a team environment, sharing responsibilities when needed, to meet the needs of the Lab. A Bachelor's degree is strongly preferred for this position.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

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


CV1526: Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist - Computer Vision

MERL is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist in the Computer Vision Group with an emphasis on understanding static and dynamic 3D point cloud data in combination with 2D images/videos.

The Computer Vision group at MERL pursues cutting-edge research in deep and reinforcement learning for information and knowledge capture, extraction, analysis, and display from 2D images/videos, stereo images, and 3D point clouds, including object/action detection, segmentation and classification, robotics, 3D reconstruction, anomaly detection, 3D graphics & modeling, and image processing. The group applies its CV knowledge to do research inspired by 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, as well as collaborate with many other groups in MERL including controls, data analytics, signal processing, speech and audio processing to build innovative multi-disciplinary teams.

We are currently searching for a researcher to work on problems of machine learning, including deep learning for object and action detection, classification, and labeling in 2D images/videos and 3D point clouds, with the emphasis on point clouds.

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 fundamental and applied research problems and develop 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 needed to address them.
  • Collaborate with other brilliant researchers at MERL across all groups and fields.
  • Collaborate with smart researchers and engineers in the Mitsubishi Electric research labs in Japan to transfer knowledge and technology for further development and possible commercialization.
  • Assist in the preparation of patent applications related to your work.

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 opportunity is to shape and drive a corporate R&D agenda in computer vision and robotics, with the intent to impact the academic research field and MELCO businesses. Additional responsibilities may include strategic planning, mentoring and supervision of technical staff and interns with the potential to lead a team and make additional hires in this research area.


  • A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related fields specializing in Computer Vision with an emphasis on machine learning in all areas related to 3D point clouds: object/action detection, recognition, segmentation, tracking, completion, and understanding.
  • Excellent programming skills (C/C++, Matlab, Python, etc).
  • Good communication, presentation and writing skills are esssential.
  • 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.


MERL is the cutting-edge US research lab of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, a Japanese industrial manufacturer nearly 100 years old with $42.9B in annual revenue in 2019 and more than 146,000 employees worldwide. MERL has all the resources and diverse technical specialties of a giant international electronic technology company, but, with a staff of 83, has the very intimate and comfortable environment of a small company. We have smart, light handed managers that give researchers broad opportunities to pursue their own research topics. This is possible because our parent company makes so many different products that it's almost impossible to not find a valuable application for our research ideas. Indeed, it's the opportunity to solve real-world problems and transfer technology to Japanese researchers for commercialization that make MERL so attractive to many of us.

Our culture is friendly, open and relaxed with many collaborative projects within and between research groups and disciplines. We are encouraged to published and participate in the academic community. We host many interns every year (more than 100 in 2019) and provide great creative environment. We are literally across the street from MIT and down the road from Harvard University and regularly attend talks and collaborate with University researchers.

PRINCIPALS ONLY Apply Online. No phone calls please.

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