Physicist / Applied Physicist - Entry Level

Date: Apr 12, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


The Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory develops quantum systems, including theory, engineering, and control, to address critical future technology needs. Areas of focus include developing superconducting qubits for quantum computing, trapped ions for quantum information and precision time keeping, integrated photonics, and solid-state quantum sensing. The group’s innovative research is supported by on-site state-of-the-art fabrication tools, close partnership with universities and industry, extensive test and measurement infrastructure, and daily collaboration with the 1700+ Ph.D-level scientists within Lincoln Laboratory.


Job Description


MIT Lincoln Laboratory seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented, curious and driven physicist, applied physicist, or researcher in a related field with hands-on lab experience. The successful candidate will join a close-knit, dynamic team pushing the forefront of quantum information processing and precision time keeping using trapped ions. As an active participant in cutting-edge research and development, the candidate can expect to face novel physics problems that require creative solutions on a daily basis.

Job Description
Applicants should have a broad skillset and a willingness to work on a wide variety of tasks as needed. Typical tasks are:
• Test and measurement of laboratory systems, including lasers, optics, electronics, cryogenics, vacuum
• Programming for experimental control and data analysis
• Fundamental physics modelling of quantum systems
• Hardware development, design, and construction
• System engineering and system integration

While a broad set of skills is desired, the majority of day-to-day tasks will be tailored to the applicant's specific interests and strengths. Applicants should be comfortable both working alone in a self-directed manner and also working closely with a highly-integrated larger team.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or related field
  • Basic laboratory experience (e.g., familiarity with optics, oscilloscopes, basic programming, etc.)
  • Comfort with fundamental physical concepts and rigorous analytical analysis
  • Experience in self-directed and group technical projects and research endeavors
  • Experience with a scientific programming language, such as MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, etc.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience with free-space and fiber optics, lasers, etc.
  • Familiarity with ultra-high vacuum and cryogenics
  • General-purpose programming (e.g., Python)
  • CAD design (e.g. SolidWorks)

Familiarity with experimental quantum, atomic, or molecular physics is not required but is a plus




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: 40774 


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