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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Power Electronics Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

Background

MIT Lincoln Laboratory, located in Lexington, Massachusetts, is a United States Department of Defense research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. The Laboratory provides technical expertise to the U.S. government in domains ranging from cybersecurity to new radar design to advanced microelectronics, and more. (http://www.ll.mit.edu).

The Energy Systems Group is part of the Homeland Protection Division (https://www.ll.mit.edu/r-d/homeland-protection) and focuses on assisting the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security in securing the nation from energy-related threats (https://www.ll.mit.edu/r-d/homeland-protection/energy-systems). Our group works on diverse programs including domestic and tactical military base energy resilience, microgrids - energy systems that can operate independently from the bulk electric grid, and development of advanced tactical energy technologies. This includes developing advanced architectures and system designs to improve the resiliency of power generation sources, handheld portable electronics, critical large load power supplies, and developing hardware and real-time simulation testbeds. Projects are typically conducted in small team environments, leveraging expertise from within Lincoln Laboratory and MIT campus to successfully execute nationally important and cutting-edge efforts.

Position Summary

The Energy Systems Group is interested in candidates with experience and interest in power electronic circuit design, in the controls systems that operate those devices, and methods to increase performance. The candidate hired for this position will work with teams of cross-disciplinary scientists and engineers to: understand existing power systems, their capabilities, drawbacks, risks, needs, and develop new power electronics designs, so that we can rapidly deploy technology solutions to operators and provide guidance to senior leaders in the U.S. government.

Responsibilities

  • Work with a team to analyze and develop architectures, power switching devices, and controls to increase the performance of power electronic devices.

  • Work in a lab environment with oscilloscopes, high power supplies, and loads will be required. Strong laboratory and field experience is required

  • Work hands-on with component models, simulation, and our existing hardware-in-the-loop system platforms to develop algorithms, perform data analysis, and interface software. Device interactions with other sub-system components will also be investigated.

Experience in the following areas is required:

  • Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering or related field or a Master's degree with 2-5+ years of work experience

  • Proficient with high-level programming languages (e.g., Python, Matlab)

  • Experience developing, implementing, testing, and evaluating new algorithms and concepts

  • Ability to work effectively with a high level of uncertainty and conflicting or limited information

  • Ability to quickly learn new technical areas and apply that knowledge to solve challenging problem

Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired:

  • The ability to clearly present complicated technical concepts to a wide range of audiences

  • Experience with design techniques and parts technologies that are used for discrete power electronics as well as wiring, cabling, connector and harness systems to meet Mil Std 461 EMC requirements is highly desirable.

  • Additional familiarity with best-practices for grounding, shielding and bonding is desired.

  • Experience with real-time hardware and simulation platforms (e.g., Speed-Goat, RTDS, OPAL-RT, Typhoon-HIL)

  • Familiarity with power electronics simulation tools (e.g., Simulink, Ansys, spice, SABER)

  • Knowledge of control system programming languages (e.g., C/C++, Python, )

    For Benefits Information, click http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits

    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.

    To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

    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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