Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Engineer

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Research - Other

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Plasma Science and Fusion Center

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

RESEARCH ENGINEER, Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), to conduct research to develop advanced, high power and efficient RF sources. The research will center on an advanced, high power (> 1 MW) radiofrequency source at 120 MHz which will ultimately be the basis for a 50 MWRF system which will be the largest RF system in fusion research. Will also be expected to conduct research to develop a high efficiency, high power klystron or solid state RF source at 4.6 GHz; assess, design and implement upgrades to an existing 4.6 GHz RF source for the purpose of testing concepts; present results at national and international technical conferences and publish them in peer reviewed journals. Responsibilities include designing, simulating, and testing the RF cavities for the final power amplifier; developing the specifications for the screen and grid supplies for the final amplifier and final amplifier tetrode; developing specifications for high voltage power supplies; developing specifications for a high power solid state driver and integrating with the final amplifier; and commissioning the RF source; modeling the electron bunch and designing the proper drift cavities critical to enabling higher klystron efficiency; supervising technicians and other researchers; supervising system startup/shutdown and operations; and examining system reliability and lifetime issues required for reliable operation of the RF systems.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in electrical engineering or physics, at least five years’ experience with RF systems, supervisory experience, experience with RF simulation and analysis, and strong communication skills. Experience with high power pulsed or CW transmitters, klystrons, or similar equipment highly desirable; as is understanding of high voltage power supplies. Job #1685412/7/18

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