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Assistant Staff - Materials Engineering

The Chemical, Microsystem, and Nanoscale Technologies Group combines chemistry, optics, photonics, microfluidics, and nanofabrication disciplines, enabling the development of new technologies in the areas of chemical-biological defense, diagnostic and forensic analysis, and sensors and signal processors. The work includes the design, development, and testing of chemical sensors for trace explosive and toxic chemical detection (both point and standoff); multifunctional microsystems combining sensing, actuation, and energy sources; and the design, fabrication, and demonstration of metamaterials, plasmonic and nanophotonic devices, and microfluidic components.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory has recently teamed with the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America to start a new enterprise – the Defense Fabric Discovery Center (DFDC) (see: The mission of this new center is to transform traditional fibers and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated, and networked devices and systems for national security applications. Recent breakthroughs in materials processing and fiber manufacturing are enabling this mission, setting the path for textiles to evolve from the age-old durable goods to next-generation, service-providing, software-driven technological systems, with properties such as sensing, communications, color-change, computation, and more.


We are seeking a materials scientist to develop processing approaches for preform fabrication and fiber drawing for a host of novel fiber device applications, such as sensing, energy storage, acoustic transduction, and more. The individual will fill a key materials development role - responsible for research and development activities of new fiber architectures as well as solving critical challenges associated with fiber reliability and manufacturability. You will work with a dedicated group of people including fiber device engineers, fabric designers and producers, and system integrators - all with one common and impassioned objective – lead our Nation in fiber and fabric systems innovation for national security. If this mission resonates with you, we want you on our team.




  • MS in materials science, chemistry, polymer engineering, mechanical engineering or related field is required. In lieu of a MS, a BS with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a materials development / processing role is required.


  • The successful candidate will have a solid foundation in materials science and a proven track record of innovation and problem solving. Experience with synthetic fiber processing is a big plus. Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment is highly desirable.

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.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Full time