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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Cryogenic Engineer-Technical Staff in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Structural & Thermal-Fluids Engineering Group 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 solutions spanning cryogenic to hypersonic applications, and aerodynamic designs and assessments to support unmanned aerial vehicles, airborne pods, and hypersonic platforms. Engineering solutions are developed through the utilization of appropriate technologies coupled with high-fidelity models and multidisciplinary simulations, environmental testing, and the utilization of advanced materials to meet ever increasing performance, size, weight, and environmental challenges.

Position Description

The Group is seeking engineers with a strong background in the research and development of cryogenic technology. Specifically, applicants should have a fundamental understanding of the governing thermodynamic principles, appreciation for the mechanical complexities, and a demonstrated background in design, analysis, and implementation of hardware solutions to enable high performing, integrated cryogenic systems. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the engineer will be expected to collaborate with researchers and engineers across the Laboratory to develop and optimize system solutions for applications spanning quantum and superconducting computing, quantum communication, and high-performance space-based imaging. Engineers will be expected to support laboratory and fielded prototype projects as well as contribute to the development of cryogenic research development strategies within the Group.


  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field with a focus on cryogenic systems. Candidates with M.S. degree with five years’ experience will also be considered

  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with cryocooler technology is required

  • Experience with thermodynamic cycle analysis (e.g., Sage) for cryogenic systems is highly desired

  • Familiarity with thermal analysis software (COMSOL, ANSYS, etc.)

  • Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team

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


    At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include:

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans

  • MIT-funded pension

  • Matching 401K

  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)

  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs

  • Mentorship programs

  • A range of work-life balance options

  • ... and much more!

    Please visit our Benefits page ( for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary benefits, discounts and perks ( .

    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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