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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Associate Staff - Aerodynamics and Software Engineering in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Structural & Thermal-Fluids Engineering Group, Group 74, provides innovative multidisciplinary engineering solutions for underwater, ground, air, and space-based prototype systems for national security applications. Examples include the development of structural-material systems for space-based imaging and laser communication terminals, thermal management for high energy laser systems and RF solid-state devices, and aerodynamic designs and multifunctional materials for airborne sensors, hypersonic platforms, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Engineering solutions are developed through the utilization of appropriate technologies coupled with high-fidelity models and multidisciplinary simulations, environmental and performance characterization testing, and the utilization and development of advanced materials to optimize solutions to meet ever increasing performance, size, weight, and environmental challenges.

Position Description

Group 74 is seeking engineers with a unique combination of aerodynamic/fluid dynamic expertise and a strong computer science and programming background. Our engineers support a broad range of fluid dynamics simulation, design, optimization, and test activities, and we are looking to augment our ability to provide innovative simulation capabilities to solve challenging problems across a range of applications from low-speed UAVs to hypersonic vehicle design. The Group utilizes a combination of commercial, government, and developmental software within an internally developed integrated modeling suite, providing unique capabilities to solve inherently multidisciplinary problems. We seek engineers who are excited to further the development of our integrated modeling software tools, provide creative solutions to support programs, engage with external collaborators, and enable broader incorporation of these capabilities within our internal work flows.

Specific experience with Linux and using High Performance Computing clusters is desired. Experience with one or more of the following CFD solvers and meshing tools is also desirable: US3D, SPARC, FUN3D, Kestrel, Cart3D, Pointwise, and/or Link3D. A strong computer science and programming background is also required to support tool development, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary engineering team contributing to the development of operational prototype hardware, spanning the full program life cycle from concept development to fielding and test. The position may require special security clearances and travel to meetings and field sites.


  • M.S. in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science. Candidates with B.S. degree with three years’ experience will also be considered

  • Experience programming in C++, Python, MATLAB, and software development environments

  • Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team

  • Ability to clearly communicate results in oral presentations and written reports


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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

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