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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Tech Staff - Quantum Optics Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

The Optical Communications Technology Group develops impactful classical and quantum technologies and system prototypes for use in a wide range of challenging environments including terrestrial, space and underwater applications. Primary areas of research include the development of novel entangled-photon source technologies; sensitive, single-photon receivers; multi-format modems; robust and compact optical beam directors; precision beam pointing, link acquisition and tracking systems; and novel modulation and coding approaches. The group is leveraging these technologies for use in prototype systems that are deployed in the field to inform next-generation classical and quantum optical system capabilities. Examples of near-term field tests include terabit-per-second direct-to-Earth small-satellite constellations, near-Earth wideband relay laser communication terminal hardware, and next-generation beam-director prototypes inherently scalable to deep-space systems. The group is also working to enable new mission areas including extended-range and -utility undersea communications and entanglement-based quantum communication networks.

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Quantum Optics Engineer

The group is seeking a staff research engineer to support programs targeting development of entanglement-based quantum communication network technologies. The successful candidate should be familiar with quantum optics and quantum optical laboratory experimental apparatus, including for example: spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) entanglement source, single-photon detector and Bell-state measurement technologies. Experience with fiber-optic, integrated photonics and free-space optical transmission channels is desirable. Quantum memory (with a photonic interface) is another critical technology for extending quantum network testbed demonstrations to fielded system applications. It is also desirable for the successful candidate to be experienced in quantum memory technology development, including for example: diamond defect-center based memories with Nitrogen or Silicon vacancies.

Qualifications: PhD in Electrical Engineering or Physics with experience working in a quantum optics laboratory is required. Experience in some or all of the following areas is also desired: photon and/or electron entanglement generation/measurement techniques, quantum unitary operation gates and quantum memory technology. Ability to work collaboratively, good communication skills and attention to detail is required.

At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, our exceptional career opportunities include many outstanding benefits to help you stay healthy, feel supported, and enjoy a fulfilling work-life balance. Benefits offered to employees include:

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plans

  • MIT-funded pension

  • Matching 401K

  • Paid leave (including vacation, sick, parental, military, etc.)

  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education programs

  • Mentorship programs

  • A range of work-life balance options

  • ... and much more!

    Please visit our Benefits page ( for more information. As an employee of MIT, you can also take advantage of other voluntary benefits, discounts and perks ( .

    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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