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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fiber Optics Specialist in Lexington, Massachusetts

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 systems have demonstrated record-breaking levels of beam brightness and near-ideal beam quality.

Job Description

Group 82 (Laser Technology and Applications) is seeking a full-time Fiber Optics Specialist to support fiber optic research, component development and fabrication, process development and optimization, and prototype and subassembly fabrication and testing, in a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment. Our work spans the fields of directed energy, countermeasures, sensing, optical communications, and basic sciences, and the Fiber Optics Specialist will be contributing to efforts in which optical fiber fabrication and glass processing technology can make an impact. The role will involve collaboration with other specialists, technicians, engineers, and researchers inside and outside the Laser Technology and Applications Group.

Candidates should be comfortable working in an R&D laboratory environment, and have experience with optics, optical fiber and/or laser technology. An ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals from varied backgrounds is essential.


  • Develop fiber optic fusion splicing and glass component fabrication processes, and prepare detailed procedures outlining these processes

  • Perform fiber splicing, glass processing, prototype and subassembly fabrication tasks in collaboration with team members at the lab and project level

  • Maintain equipment, including calibration, preventative maintenance, and repair

  • Maintain stock of raw materials; place orders for necessary materials and equipment as required


  • Graduation from a two-year technical school or Associate’s degree with at least 2 years of experience, or 4+ years of experience working, with lasers, optics, and/or optical fiber

  • Close attention to detail and comfort working with small items and parts

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

    Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering with at least 2 years of experience, or 6+ years of experience, working with fusion splicing equipment

  • Experience working in an R&D laboratory environment, preferably with laser technology

  • Experience building and working with high power fiber lasers

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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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