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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lab Manager/Operations 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 system have demonstrated record-breaking levels of beam brightness and near-ideal beam quality.


Group 82 (Laser Technology and Applications) is seeking a Specialist to join our operations team in supporting 90+ researchers who are executing a wide variety of programs in a fast-paced R&D environment for government and industry. Our focus is on specialized lasers for directed energy, countermeasures, sensing, and basic sciences. This is a multi-disciplinary group, with expertise spanning laser design and testing, bulk and fiber optic fabrication, as well as system analysis of laser applications. The Lab Operations Specialist will develop a deep understanding of G82 laboratories, operations, experiments, and in related MIT-LL operational procedures, logistics, and systems that impact our success. This role involves working in close partnership with G82 staff and various internal departments such as Safety, Security, Property, and Logistics to actively manage our laboratory space and equipment. Candidates should have experience working in an R&D laboratory environment, a background in logistics or operations management, and proficiency in Excel and other business automation tools. Experience with laser technology is preferred. An ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals from varied backgrounds is essential.


  • Assist group leadership with planning and management of G82 lab space. Develop strong working knowledge of all labs, active experiments, and planned changes or decommissioning. Meet regularly with lab supervisors and end-users to gather data and implement plans that ensure space is well utilized, safe, clean, and organized.

  • Assist with selection, purchasing, receipt, installation, maintenance, and disposal of lab equipment and materials. Develop a strong working knowledge of vendor community and offerings.

  • Work with end-users to gather requirements, communicate with vendors, submit purchase requests, and track procurements through receipt and installation.

  • Will develop expertise in SAP/SRM, and other internal systems that support these processes.

Long Description

  • Liaise with internal departments such as Property, Facilities, and Safety to execute additions, moves, and changes to equipment and lab space; stay current on all operating procedures and proactively support various audit requests. Support the group with safety, orientation, and protocol training.

  • Take a leadership role in ensuring that all group property is actively tracked and a managed according to Laboratory requirements.

  • Support field site work by arranging for crating, shipping, return, and storage of equipment.

  • May travel to field sites and assist with measurement campaigns.

  • Support on-site sponsor visits and lab tours.

  • Participate in process improvement and other lab-wide initiatives. Will keep management team abreast of significant issues or developments. Develop ability to provide input to lab budgets and track spending vs. plan.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of relevant experience, or technical certification and 6+ years of relevant experience.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and use of business automation software.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance is required.

  • Analytical skills to resolve complex problems.

  • Ability to prioritize completing objectives.

  • Exceptional time management, project management, and organization of detail.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field.

  • 5+ years of experience in a fast-paced operations and R&D environment.

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

  • Background in logistics and/or laboratory operations management.

  • Exposure to government procurement and project management.

  • Active Secret Security Clearance is preferred.

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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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