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

Faculty Position Listings

No openings at this time.

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. Additional information about the position is available from Josh Kastorf via email at perl-info@mit.edu .

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

RESEARCH SCIENTIST/SOFTWARE ENGINEER- ALGORITHM DEVELOPERS FOR NEW CLIMATE MACHINE (CliMa), The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and partner institutions are developing a new climate model that will be trained with global observations and targeted local high-resolution simulations of clouds and turbulence. Funded by a consortium of high profile philanthropic organizations, MIT will focus on the ocean component of the CliMa. The overall effort aims to create a brand new disruptive set of highly-scalable climate simulation tools, designed for both modeling and for integration with machine learning training methods.

You will program in Julia, Python, and C, and collaborate with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning MIT, Caltech and the Naval Postgraduate School. 

We prefer for you to have:

  • Experience with high-performance parallel computing;
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and interacting cross-functionally with a wide variety of people.
  • Experience with computational fluid dynamics or related field;

For more information about the positions, please contact Professors Raffaele Ferrari and John Marshall at earthmachine@mit.eduApplications with a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11684

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


TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE II, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to perform diverse duties for the Collaborative Organization for Rock Deformation (CORD) in the Laboratories of Professors Pec and Evans. CORD is a collaborative facility between MIT and Brown University and the work will be done at both institutions. Will also interact with a CORD technical associate to be hired at Brown. The primary responsibilities will include maintaining the laboratory equipment (e.g., replacement of high-pressure seals and gaskets, calibration of load cells, displacement transducers, etc.) in dependable working order and enabling its safe and efficient operation; facilitating research collaborations with students, postdocs, and visiting scientists; training new users in collaboration with faculty and students; assisting visitors and lab users in running experiments; and organizing and ensuring consistent archiving of experimental data. Other duties include maintaining inventories of consumables and lists of suppliers; coordination of laboratory safety and training; and assisting in the design and implementation of new, innovative capabilities of the equipment. Depending upon the background and interests of the finalist, the position may offer an opportunity to be an active participant in the research being done in collaboration with the CORD members. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a B.S. (M.S. or Ph.D. preferred) in experimental geological sciences, engineering, or physics; experience in the design and fabrication of mechanical and electronic systems; computer expertise, including CAD and data acquisition and machine control including software such as LabVIEW; and ability to work with a variety of people on diverse tasks. Seek a highly motivated individual who is interested in and able to learn new topics. 

Applications are being accepted at Careers Across MIT:  http://careers.mit.edu  Search for Job #16574


Postdoctoral Position Listings

General applications for postdoctoral positions are made by contacting the appropriate member of faculty or principal investigator.

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR IN PLANETARY SCIENCE, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, to join Professor de Kleer's planetary astronomy group. The de Kleer group utilizes cutting-edge astronomical facilities at optical, infrared, and radio wavelengths to study a diverse array of Solar System topics including planetary and satellite atmospheres, satellite surfaces and geophysics, and small bodies. Applicants are sought from a broad range of research areas within astronomy and planetary science that overlap with or complement ongoing work in the group, including both Solar System and extrasolar planets. Observational experience is beneficial but not required. The successful candidate will have opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and will benefit from the dynamic and interdisciplinary environment within the EAPS department and across the Institute.
A PhD degree in a related field (e.g. physics, astrophysics, chemistry, geology, planetary science) is required. Applicants must submit a 1-3 page research statement, CV, and three letters of recommendation. The research statement should indicate how the applicant's research interests align with areas of ongoing work in the group (http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~dekleer/research.html).

The appointment starts on or after July 2019 and is initially for one year, with renewal for up to two additional years. The position offers a competitive salary and annual research budget. Consideration of applications will begin on January 10, 2019, and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please contact Professor Katherine de Kleer at dekleer@mit.edu with questions.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12702.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR IN SWOT NASA MISSION, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) NASA mission scheduled to be launched in 2021 will revolutionize oceanography by detecting ocean surface features with 10 times better resolution than present technologies. The higher resolution of SWOT is required to distinguish structures that occur on scales of 50 kilometers or shorter, where most of the ocean's energy is mixed and transported. Such small-scale ocean features contribute to the ocean-atmosphere exchange of heat and carbon, major components in global climate change. Moreover, SWOT's detailed information will improve understanding of the ocean environment including motion of life-sustaining nutrients and harmful pollutants. A major challenge in interpreting the SWOT data is that the ocean surface at scales below 100 km reflects a combination of geostrophically balanced motions and internal gravity waves. At MIT we plan to develop techniques to separate the two classes of motions by assimilating the SWOT data in the MIT general circulation model.

We are seeking to fill one postdoctoral position to formulate the theory and data assimilation techniques to interpret the SWOT observations. As a minimum qualification, the postdoc is expected to have completed a doctoral degree in applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, physics, statistics or a related field at the time of the appointment. A strong physical, mathematical, and/or computational background are essential. Experience with data assimilation techniques is desirable.

More information on the SWOT mission can be found here. For more information about the position, contact Professor Raffaele Ferrari at swot@mit.eduApplication 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#16442


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR, DATA-INFORMED EARTH SYSTEM MODELING, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to collaborate with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning MIT, Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Naval Postgraduate School. You will contribute to the development of a data-informed ESM by:

  • Developing physically informed parameterizations of subgrid-scale processes in the ocean that are suitable for data assimilation and machine learning approaches, including models for boundary layer turbulence, submessocale processes, and deep convection; or 
  • Building and prototyping numerical and computational methods for an ocean dynamical core that is scalable and adaptable to emerging hardware architectures; or
  • Applying scalable data assimilation and machine learning algorithms, to allow them to learn systematically from diverse data sources, such as satellite observations or high-resolution simulations of turbulent flows.

We are seeking to fill two postdoctoral scholar positions within this initiative. As a minimum qualification, you are expected to have completed a doctoral degree in applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics or a related field at the time of the appointment; a strong physical, mathematical, and/or computational background; programming experience in at least one general purpose language; demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills. Experience with high-performance parallel computing and working in multi-disciplinary teams and interacting cross-functionally with a wide variety of people preferred.

For more information about the initiative, please see the detailed listing page or contact Professors Raffaele Ferrari or John Marshall at earthmachine@mit.eduApplications with a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11668

Administrative Position Listings

No openings at this time.


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