Employment Opportunities

The department seeks outstanding scientists who have demonstrated (or have strong potential for) innovation and leadership in research and teaching. We cover the full spectrum of Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences—and we encourage collaborative interaction with existing research programs.

For additional information on any EAPS position, or to send a resume or C.V., please contact:

Karen Fosher, Personnel Administrator
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-2132
617 253 2132 | kfosher@mit.edu

Available Positions



Non-discrimination Notification

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not 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. Read MIT’s full policy on non-discrimination.

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Faculty Position Listings

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) and the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing (SCC) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, Massachusetts invite applications for a faculty position in the broad area of "Health of the Planet".  We seek candidates who study and understand processes that affect the Earth and its habitability using or developing innovative computational and/or inference methods.  Areas of interest in Earth, atmospheric and oceanic science include, but are not limited to, climate, the environment and natural hazards.  Our intent is to hire at the tenure-track assistant professor level, but more senior appointments may be considered in special cases, commensurate with experience. Faculty duties include conducting original scholarly research, and teaching and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Candidates should be capable of instructing in EAPS core educational and SCC-relevant curricula.

EAPS is an academic community of approximately 40 faculty, 100 research staff (including postdocs), and 180 students, who study integrated aspects of Earth and planetary sciences,  including through partnership with the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. The successful candidate would have a shared appointment in both EAPS and also the Schwarzman College of Computing, in either the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). Together with the Schwarzman College of Computing, we are committed to academic excellence and to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and increasing diversity in our faculty. We seek outstanding scientists who have the potential for innovation and leadership in research, bring strong commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and share the Principles of our Community. 

A complete application includes a (1) cover letter, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) 1-3 page summary of current and future research directions, (4) 1-3 page statement describing teaching and mentoring experience and/or future plans, including a statement about the applicant’s experience with and future commitments toward efforts which support diversity, equity, and belonging, approaches to fostering an inclusive environment, including but not limited to teaching, mentoring and affirming diverse viewpoints, and (5) three letters of recommendation. 

A PhD in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Computer Science, or a similar discipline is required by the start of employment.  Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20816

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2022.

Search Contact: Ms. Karen Fosher, HR Administrator, EAPS, 54-924
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, email: kfosher@mit.edu


Research Position Listings

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, APPLIED GEOPHYSICS, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)-Earth Resources Laboratory (ERL), to join a laboratory whose activities are centered around theoretical, experimental, and observational research in basic science, with both industrial and academic applications. ERL has over sixty personnel, including faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and Ph.D.- and master’s-level graduate students. In addition, visiting faculty and researchers from universities and industry frequently participate in ERL research and educational activities. Will be expected to build a strong research program in applied geophysics, maintain and further develop relationships with industry, and interact with visitors from U.S. and foreign industry partners.  The position also includes student advising and classroom teaching responsibilities.

Job Requirements

a Ph.D. in the earth sciences or related field.  Must have a strong record of publications and presentations at scientific meetings, in addition to an impact on the international research community. Good interpersonal skills and willingness to travel are also required. Application material should include a single PDF document that includes a CV, one-page research statement, and the names and contact information of three references. Applications will be accepted at: http://careers.mit.edu/ - Job#14698

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.



Postdoctoral Position Listings

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE - Center for Global Change Science (CGCS) 

Postdoctoral associate to join an international team of experimentalists and theoreticians in the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) and a large atmospheric chemistry group at MIT.  The work will focus on interpretation of AGAGE observations of greenhouse and ozone-depleting gases using models, measurements, and inverse methods. Additional information about AGAGE, CGCS, MIT Atmospheric Chemistry, and Professor Prinn is available at http://agage.mit.eduhttp://cgcs.mit.eduhttp://atmoschem.mit.edu, and http://mit.edu/rprinn.   

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. in some area of atmospheric physics and chemistry, and significant experience in three-dimensional atmospheric chemical transport modeling. Experience using these models together with observations to optimally estimate trace gas sources and sinks (i.e., inverse modeling) is desirable.  Job #18281

In addition to applying online via the MIT website http://careers.mit.edu/ qualified scientists are also asked to send electronically a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: e-mail: rprinn@mit.edu.   Applications will be considered upon receipt and until the position is filled.

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

We seek to fill a postdoctoral position in the Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA), a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning MIT, Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Naval Postgraduate School. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with the oceanographers, mathematicians and software engineers to develop the ocean component of a new climate model in the Julia programming language that is flexible, easy to use, and runs on laptops, supercomputers, and GPUs. Ways the postdoctoral scholar could contribute include but are not limited to, (1) Developing, implementing, and testing parameterizations of sub grid-scale processes in the ocean that are suitable for data assimilation and machine learning approaches, including models for boundary layer turbulence, sub mesoscale processes, mesoscale eddies, and internal wave driven mixing; (2) Innovative computational studies of ocean processes controlling key climate features, such as heat uptake, changes in global ocean circulation, ocean-atmosphere coupling that leverage the unique capabilities of the CliMA model.

A press press release on this initiative provides more information about the overall goals of the project.

For more information about the positions, please contact Professors Raffaele Ferrari and John Marshall at earthmachine@mit.edu. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

Job Requirements: Ph.D., in applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics or a related field by the date of hire. Strong background in ocean and/or climate dynamics and some experience in ocean modelling. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online at:  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18570

Applications need to include: curriculum vitae, one-page statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation.



Administrative Position Listings

None at this time.