Associate Staff-Optical Engineering

Date: Jun 6, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


The Optical Engineering Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a specialized group of about 35 Optical Engineers and Optical Specialists/Technicians. We collaborate with Mission Divisions across the Laboratory taking cutting-edge concepts and applying all aspects of the optical engineering discipline to the development of prototype satellite, airborne, and terrestrial optical systems. Our employees work within the entire optical system development life-cycle:


Our Engineering efforts support key mission areas including: 


  • Space control
  • Communication systems
  • Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems
  • Electro-optical technologies
  • Biotechnology
  • Tactical systems
  • Homeland protection
  • Air and missile defense
  • Earth Science and Astronomy


In addition to large-scale projects, the Optical Engineering group acquires funding and conducts basic research on ideas generated from engineers within our group.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) which conducts groundbreaking R&D to solve problems that are critical not only to national security, but to the advancement of science itself. 


For agile thinkers excited by the freedom to develop and execute novel ideas and test them in sophisticated real-world environments, Lincoln Laboratory offers abundant opportunities and resources, as well as a collaborative work environment across many disciplines.  Join some of the world’s best engineers by visiting:


Position Description


As an Optical Engineer, you will conduct engineering research, design, analytical tasks, and optical system alignments & testing supporting a broad range of novel optical programs. You will develop and use skills in optical design, analysis, assembly, alignment, and testing. You will be responsible for operating highly technical experimental apparatus.




  • A broad optical engineering education, with course work in geometrical and physical optics, with a familiarity of optical component fabrication, system alignment and testing.
  • A working knowledge of Zemax or Code V optical design software
  • You should demonstrate experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, excellent communication skills, and the ability to produce and present professional written and oral reports. 
  • BS, or MS in Optical Engineering/Optical Sciences or equivalent
  • Entry Level BS graduates should have a GPA > 3.3
  • All employees at Lincoln Laboratory are required to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship


Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired:


  • Familiarity with stray light modeling, FRED software
  • Experience assembling, aligning, and testing refractive and reflective optical components and systems
  • Experience designing and tolerancing optical systems for fabrication
  • Familiarity with COMSOL software





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.


Requisition ID: 38345 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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