Summer Student Research Opportunity--Materials for 3D Printing (Co-op)

The Structural & Thermal-Fluids Engineering Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory designs and builds structures for the protection and support of advanced airborne sensor and communication systems. These systems operate in a variety of challenging environments, ranging from extreme and variable temperatures to high shock and vibration loads during launch. In support of this mission, we are developing metal matrix composites that can be processed by 3D printing so that materials with high strength and stiffness can be used in components requiring complex shapes and short lead times.

Job Description

Job Description:

Summer Co-op/Intern (Undergraduate or Graduate Student)

You will join a research program working to invent stiff, strong, and lightweight aerospace metals for 3D printing by selective laser melting (SLM). The project entails fabrication of metal-ceramic powders, laser consolidation of these powders with SLM, and characterization of both powders and printed materials with microscopy, mechanical testing, and other methods. Although the focus of the project is experimental, you will use modeling and theory to plan and interpret experiments. Programming of build files and the 3D printer itself may also be involved.  


  • Presently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate engineering program, with a major in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Materials Science
  • Classes in materials science and solid mechanics
  • Strong interest in conducting experimental materials research
  • Experience with metallography, scanning electron microscopy, light microscopy, mechanical testing, or other materials characterization would be very helpful, but we will train highly motivated and qualified students
  • Experience with MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, LaTeX, or similar programming languages
  • Start date: May/June 2021



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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.




Requisition ID: 31770 

Salary Range
$27,000.00 - 43,000.00
per Year
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Lexington, MA 02420, US