Space Thermal Engineer

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory researches and develops advanced technologies to meet critical national security needs. What sets us apart from many national R&D laboratories is an emphasis on building operational prototypes of the systems we design.

Space Thermal Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Structural & Thermal-Fluids Engineering Group is seeking an engineer with strong experience in the design, analysis, and test of thermal control systems for space borne payloads or satellites. Experience using Thermal Desktop is highly desired to support the modeling and simulation of high power dissipation electronics, sensitive optical systems, and RF hardware in transient thermal conditions in a space environment.


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with at least 2 years of experience is desired.
  • Candidates with a Master’s Degree and 5 years of direct relevant experience will also be considered.
  • The ability to work within an interdisciplinary team is very important.
  • Candidate must also be able to clearly communicate results in oral presentations and written reports, as well as be comfortable directing small teams of engineers and technicians to support the prototype development process.
  • Candidates ideally also have experience with thermal vacuum testing to support hardware and requirements verification.

The Structural & Thermal-Fluids Engineering Group supports the development of prototype systems through the integration of advanced technologies and multidisciplinary engineering solutions with a focus on innovative structures and optomechanical systems, state-of-the-art thermal-fluid heat exchangers, novel aerodynamic platforms, and the development and utilization of advanced materials. Engineering solutions are optimized using multi-disciplinary simulations, materials characterization testing, and state-of-the-art environment test capabilities to meet ever increasing performance, size, weight, and environmental challenges.

The Group provides support to all the technology development efforts across the Laboratory including undersea laser communication terminals, ground-based radio and optical telescopes, high-power phased radar arrays, high energy laser systems, airborne ISR and IR tracking sensors, hypersonic vehicles, and spaceborne imaging systems.

All employees at Lincoln Laboratory are required to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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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