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

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to assume a position in environmental and atmospheric chemistry in the Shuhei Ono Laboratory for Stable Isotope Geochemistry. Will aid in the testing and maintenance of a prototype instrument for atmospheric trace gas analysis. Responsibilities will include assisting with the maintenance and operation of instruments for isotope ratio measurements, data analysis, and troubleshooting.

REQUIRED: a bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field such as engineering, applied math, computer science, chemistry, or related field; programming skills using LabVIEW and MATLAB; demonstrated problem solving and organizational skills; and the ability to work both independently and in a small group. Applicants with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply. Job #13242 This is a temporary, six-month position with possibility of extension based upon funding availability. Applications are being accepted at: http://careers.mit.edu/

Postdoctoral Position Listings

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Conduct research in a study of the S, C, N and O-isotopes in the minerals and organic matter of ancient sedimentary rocks. Collaborate closely with MIT faculty, research staff, postdoctoral scholars and external collaborators. Contribute to the work of the Simons Foundation collaboration on the origins of life (SCOL).

Required: PhD in geochemistry, biogeochemistry or a related field and experience in state-of-the-art isotope techniques including S-isotope analysis of SF6 and ion beam approaches.  Experience in organic geochemistry would also be an advantage. Contact: Please contact the PI for this project, Professor Roger Summons (rsummons@mit.edu) for further information.

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

Administrative Position Listings

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to provide comprehensive administrative support for faculty members and their research groups.  Responsibilities include working with finance team to accomplish business tasks including reconciling and monitoring accounting statements and projections for research grants and fund accounts; assisting with the preparation and submission of research proposals to funding agencies; arranging travel and processing travel reimbursement reports; processing procurement and tracking order status and transfer vouchers; interacting with vendors and MIT credit card services; event planning for seminars and group meetings; handling mail/shipments; coordinating office space assignments, signage, telephones, and mailboxes; coordinating appointments and DACCA changes with HR administrator; serving as editorial assistant for an international geoscience journal including finding manuscript reviewers and tracking manuscripts through the editorial process; assisting with ordering laboratory supplies and instrumentation and in financial management of analytical and experimental laboratories; managing schedules and calendars; assisting with and coordinating the PICS Colloquium Series; and other special projects and administrative assistance as needed.

Job Requirements: Three years’ office and grant management experience; proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability and willingness to learn new software; ability to create, maintain, and enhance spreadsheets and monitor grants and research accounts; excellent verbal and written communication skills; proactive approach to workload/workflow; initiative; and the ability to work independently to solve problems with minimal supervision and to work as part of a team. Seek a highly organized individual who is able to maintain a high degree of accuracy while prioritizing competing demands and adhering to tight deadlines. A college degree and familiarity with MIT-specific systems like SAP and COEUS preferred. Apply here: http://careers.mit.edu/ |  Job #13522


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)-Center for Global Change Science, to assist center director and senior administrative staff with daily office operation and serve as first-point of-contact for a multidisciplinary research center.  Primary administrative support duties include managing the director’s calendar and scheduling meetings, arranging frequent and complex international and domestic travel and submitting expense reports, extensive correspondence and document preparation, and triaging inquiries and requests. Will order equipment and supplies, arrange for international shipments of major instruments involving carnets, monitor laboratory usage, assemble class materials on Stellar, and prepare promotion packages requiring a high degree of accuracy.  This position involves working with faculty, staff, students, and outside contacts and requires a high degree of discretion and the ability to collaborate with colleagues.

Job Requirements: At least three years’ experience working in a complex administrative role; advanced scheduling and calendar management skills; excellent communication skills; meticulous editing and proofreading skills; Macintosh proficiency; and thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, Apple Mail, and iCal.  Must be organized, attentive to detail, and able to take direction and follow through on assignments independently. Should also be responsive in a fast-paced and evolving environment, able to identify and adjust to shifting priorities, and keep others informed while successfully meeting deadlines.  Seek a professional who is able to demonstrate initiative, handle multiple projects simultaneously, maintain a high degree of confidentiality, and be proactive in anticipating the needs of the office.  Experience with Skype, Photoshop, and Illustrator and ability to quickly learn new software is desirable.  A bachelor’s degree and administrative support and front office experience in a high-profile program/company are preferred. MIT experience especially helpful.  Apply here: http://careers.mit.edu/ | Job #13525

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, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, or disability. MIT is a nonsmoking environment.