Student Technical Assistant

Date: May 29, 2021

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

When NASA made history in 2013 with the longest laser communication link ever demonstrated (from a Moon-orbiting satellite to Earth), our group was behind the satellite's laser transmitter and the ground terminals' highly sensitive photon detectors that enabled the link. We have a long history of developing advanced solid-state, fiber, and diode laser technologies for the scientific and defense communities. Recently, our lasers have been key to enabling cutting-edge ladar systems that can map terrain with greater accuracy and area coverage rates, providing much needed capabilities in disaster relief efforts, such as the disaster mapping of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017. We are also creating cryogenic-laser-based illuminators for airborne sensors that can detect and track fast-moving objects with highly dynamic platform motion. Finally, we've led the laser community in developing beam-combining techniques for high-energy laser systems. Using these techniques, our fiber laser system have demonstrated record-breaking levels of beam brightness and near-ideal beam quality.

Job Description

Electronic-Photonic Test and Evaluation Student Technical Assistant


The Laser Technology & Applicationss Group is seeking a Test and Evaluation student technical assistant to assist in the electrical and optical characterization of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) that are designed and fabricated using MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s internal foundry capabilities.  The position will involve the following tasks:

•    Packaging and preparing PICs for test and evaluation
•    Configuring electrical and optical measurement equipment set-ups
•    Performing electronic and optical probing of PICs
•    Collecting PIC performance data using automated data acquisition systems
•    Plotting, analyzing, and archiving PIC characterization data
•    Presenting results to team members at project status meetings
•    Supporting the facilities and infrastructure of Lincoln’s Integrated Photonics Laboratory


•    High School graduate, and course work toward an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in electrical/electronic technology or engineering


•    Entry level position
•    Science or technology project experience in classroom or laboratory experience desired
•    Experience with test and evaluation of electronic and/or photonic components desired


•    Demonstration of effective interpersonal and communication skills
•    Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Windows operating system programs and applications
•    Experience with one or more computer programming languages desired

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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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