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 Anna Shaughnessy, Executive Director, via email at ashaughn@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: https://careers.mit.edu/ - Job#14698

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE, MIT PALEOMAGNETISM LABORATORY, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences invites applicants for a Senior Research Support Associate.  The associate will be responsible for managing the laboratory under the direction of Prof. Benjamin Weiss.  Responsibilities will include maintaining several magnetometers and associated magnetization and demagnetization equipment, training new laboratory users, maintain laboratory safety protocols, preparing samples for paleomagnetic analyses, conducting paleomagnetic measurements, developing simple software tools, assisting with data processing, and keeping the overall laboratory supplied and in order. The position will also offer the opportunity to develop ancillary electronic equipment and instrumentation and/or conduct research (up to 20% of effort). Additional information about the position is available from Prof. Benjamin Weiss via email bpweiss@mit.edu.

Job Requirements: Candidates with a B.S. or higher degree in planetary science, geoscience, physics, or related field are preferred.  Candidates should have research experience in a laboratory and safety procedures, the ability to work as both a collaborative and self-initiating team member, strong communication skills and attention to detail and experience with data processing. The position will have a duration of at least one year with the possibility of reappointment. Application material should include a single PDF document that includes a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references.  Applications will be accepted at: https://careers.mit.edu/ - Job#14861

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Earth and Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to assume a position associated with NASA’s Psyche spacecraft mission, whose goal is to explore the asteroid (16) Psyche, the largest known metallic body in the solar system. Will play a central role in the Psyche Magnetometer investigation by defining science requirements and working with engineers to implement these requirements into the instrument and spacecraft design. The Psyche Magnetometer is a dual fluxgate gradiometer whose central science goal is to search for remanent magnetic fields around the asteroid. Further information is available via the EAPS website (http://eapsweb.mit.edu) and the mission’s web pages (https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/psyche/ and https://sese.asu.edu/research/psyche).

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in planetary science, space physics, paleomagnetism, or related field. Must have experience in at least several of the following areas: magnetism, potential fields, data acquisition and processing, electronics, magnetic materials, and/or planetary magnetism. Additional information about the position is available from Prof. Benjamin Weiss, Lead, Psyche Magnetometer Investigation, Professor of Planetary Sciences, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at bpweiss@mit.edu. This is a one-year position with the possibility of reappointment for several additional years. Application material should include a single PDF document that includes a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references. The deadline is August 30, 2017.  Applications will be accepted at: https://careers.mit.edu/ - Job#14836

Postdoctoral Position Listings

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


Administrative Position Listings

No openings at this time.


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. MIT is a nonsmoking environment.