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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Position Number: 3131501
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Software Programmer for Scientific Data Acquisition and Analysis

The MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center's High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) Division seeks a software programmer for scientific data acquisition and analysis to work on current data acquisition software and data analysis software with a team of five physicists, a postdoc, and a dozen graduate students in what the U.S. Department of Energy has designated as a Center of Excellence; and then improve the systems for large performance enhancements.

The main applications are computer-controlled data acquisition and analysis for a wide range of plasma physics experiments that are conducted by MIT with other universities and national laboratories in the fields of inertial-confinement fusion and high-energy-density physics, including exciting laboratory experiments that model astrophysical phenomena. Most of the data acquisition involves either imaging or spectrometry involving X-rays, charged particles, or neutrons, utilizing MIT-developed detectors of a number of types. Some have direct electronic readout, while others require post-experiment readout via inspection with an MIT-developed, automated microscope system controlled by HEDP software.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field

  • At least two years of professional experience programming in the C++ language for both Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms

  • Demonstrated proficiency writing code that includes DLLs, GUIs, multithreading, and communications with external hardware via firewire, serial ports, etc. (utilizing manufacturer-supplied application interface information)

  • Ability to write clear documentation of code and user instructions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in computer science or a related field

  • Experience with microscope hardware and digital cameras

Interested candidates may apply online at Please reference job number 21279.

MIT is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications, and willnot be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT's full policy on Nondiscrimination can be foundhere.

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