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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Engineer, Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Engineer, Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab

  • Job Number: 22775

  • Functional Area: Research - Engineering

  • Department: Mechanical Engineering

  • School Area: Engineering

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

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RESEARCH ENGINEER, Mechanical Engineering (MechE)-Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab ( , to focus on software and mobile app backend development for an irrigation controller and system sizing tool designed for resource-constrained settings. Will work both independently and with research teams to design, prototype, and test systems domestically and internationally. May also help mentor students and oversee research plans and goals across multiple projects. There may be opportunities to be part of the founding team for a start-up company that spins off from the research.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: master’s degree in computer science or related technical field; at least three years of experience working in an academic engineering research and/or commercial R&D environment; ability to design software backend systems using Python and JavaScript, backend for mobile apps, and mobile app development on android using React Native; familiarity with GitHub, Tensor Flow, MQTT, Influx DB, Python, and server deployment; basic familiarity with MATLAB and LabVIEW; excellent leadership, organizational, management, communication, and interpersonal skills; and attention to detail. Must be able to understand research results based on engineering theory at the master’s level; communicate technical issues, give and receive constructive feedback, and manage team dynamics; engineering program manage a team of people in a complicated technical endeavor to realize novel engineering hardware; assess and plan for the needs of project teams at a high level; remain flexible while effectively managing projects with changing needs; work independently without direct supervision on multiple projects simultaneously; and work effectively with students, including mentoring, teaching new skills, brainstorming, ideation, design reviews, etc. PREFERRED: Ph.D. Job #22775 Must be able to occasionally work nights and weekends and to travel internationally up to 10% of the time. This is a one-year position with the possibility for renewal based on performance and available funding. 5/23/23