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Research Associate - IoT Emerging Technologies

Research Associate, Internet of Things (IoT)

Lux Research is looking for candidates with strong technical interest in machine learning/artificial intelligence, embedded systems, connected devices, sensors and/or augmented and virtual reality.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting nearly every facet of life, from transportation to retail to industrial processes. However, choosing the right technologies that enable IoT ecosystems, whether it be the Smart Home, Connected Car, or Smart Factory is challenging, not to mention understanding how to actually turn them into successful businesses.

Research Associates will research the future of the IoT to help clients grow their businesses and understand their technology decisions. Clients include multi-national electronics, materials, and consumer goods companies in addition to investor, academic, and government groups.

The Research Associate role is an entry-level position on the Lux Research team. Research Associates map the landscape of innovation in emerging technologies to help clients make better decisions about investments, partnerships, and strategy. They spend most of their time identifying and analyzing patents, scientific publications, and financial transactions, drawing on this work to develop and maintain a structured database. Research Associates also manage the process of inviting companies and research labs to brief the Lux Research team, and help to produce the weekly Lux Research Journal intelligence service.

Lux Research provides a unique environment to bolster technical knowledge with business skills, by serving clients interested in monetizing emerging technologies. Clients include multi-national electronics, software, diversified industrials, materials, and consumer goods companies in addition to investor and government groups.

The strongest candidates will be those who are looking to use their technical knowledge to assess the commercial viability and roadmap for emerging technologies. This position does not involve lab-work or technology development; rather it involves building on technical expertise through additional primary and secondary research to identify the best business opportunities and biggest risks for clients.


  • Conduct secondary research drawing on diverse sources, including business and trade press articles, scientific publications, patent filings, and conference presentations.
  • Maintain a pipeline of briefings with senior executives at innovative companies as well as leaders of cutting-edge university and government labs.
  • Author descriptive documents that profile the emerging technology activities of start-up companies, large corporations, and research laboratories.
  • Assist with the production of research reports and other client deliverables.
  • Help manage the operations of a rapidly-growing, geographically-dispersed team.


  • Undergraduate degree with outstanding record of academic achievement and a major in the physical sciences, engineering, or operations research. One to two years of work experience is a plus, especially in the areas of experience in electrical engineering, sensors, embedded systems, robotics, machine learning, wireless communication, application development, or connected devices.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Degrees in one or more of the following is required: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science/engineering, systems engineering, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to juggle multiple tasks.
  • Deep intellectual curiosity about emerging technologies.
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to meet client needs in a fast-moving, rapidly growing, start-up environment.
  • Entrepreneurial, enthusiastic, collegial, and collaborative approach to work.
  • Ability to write clearly about business and technical topics.
  • English language fluency is required. Other language fluency is desirable.
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly.
  • Superior listening and critical thinking skills, and ability to speak articulately and think on your feet; a good sense of humor is a major plus.

Other qualifying information:

  • This role is located in our Boston office.  We are seeking candidates local to/in process of relocating to the Boston metro area.  There is no relocation assistance associated with this role.
  • Visa sponsorship is not offered for this role.
  • This is an entry-level position not appropriate for Ph.D.'s or post-docs.
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