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

FACULTY OPENING IN PLANETARY SCIENCE, The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites qualified candidates to apply for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level beginning July 2017 or thereafter.  Applicants with research interests in Planetary Science are encouraged to apply. We seek an outstanding scientist with interest in and potential for innovation and leadership in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and research. The search is in the broad area of Planetary Science encompassing our Solar System as well as exoplanets, including theory, observation, and instrumentation.  However, we are especially interested in individuals whose research complements existing MIT expertise. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Planetary Science or related field by the start of employment and must demonstrate ability to excel in teaching. A complete application must include curriculum vitae, two-page description of research and teaching plans and three letters of recommendations.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7724. To receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by: December 1, 2016. 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

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.

Research Position Listings

RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSISTANT I, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to assist the research staff and graduate students of the Isotope Laboratory with the sample preparation aspects of their projects. Will be responsible for rock sample preparation and heavy mineral separation for geochemical analyses. Routine tasks will include maintenance and oversight of sample processing facilities, bookkeeping and archiving of rock and mineral samples, maintaining lab supplies inventory, and the management and disposal of hazardous chemical waste. Will occasionally assist with the repair and maintenance of the lab equipment.   REQUIRED: strong organizational skills, experience with computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive and HTML), meticulous attention to detail and protocols, and the ability to manage tasks in a high-throughput work environment. A bachelor’s degree in geosciences or related field would be desirable.  (This is a temporary, one-year appointment with the possibility of extension.)  Job #13848-2 | This posting can be found at: http://careers.mit.edu/

Postdoctoral Position Listings

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Center for Global Change Science, Joint Program on the Science/Policy of Global Change, to work in the area of land surface biogeochemistry.  Will work on the use of Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) products to improve the parameterizations of land surface biogeochemical models, improve the understanding of key processes and controls underlying the CH4 and N2O emissions, and assess the fate of key trace gas emissions under climate change scenarios and the contributions of individual and combined emissions to the climate feedbacks.  Will also be expected to contribute to peer-reviewed publications and present results at national and international conferences.  This is term appointment funded for two years.

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, biogeochemistry, or a closely related field; and excellent oral and written communication skills.  Experience developing and running numerical models to investigate the above research topics, analyzing large-scale data sets, and using computer languages such as Fortran highly desirable.

Interested candidates should submit an application that includes a cover letter/statement describing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.  The contact information may be included in your cover letter/statement.  Application are being accepted at http://careers.mit.edu/ - Job#13911. Additional information about the position is available from Dr. Xiang Gao at xgao304@mit.edu. For full consideration please submit application by September 30, 2016.

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 and financial support for faculty members and their research groups.  Will maintain calendars and schedule appointments; assist with letter writing; manage complex travel arrangements for PIs, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students (including arrangements for field trips, conferences, and collaborations); process all travel reimbursements; reconcile monthly accounts to ensure spending is in compliance with sponsor's regulations, including purchasing cards, subcontract awards, and other payments; provide information to internal auditors upon request; arrange domestic and international shipping of major scientific equipment, rock samples, etc.; and process invoices, oversee wire transfers, and monitor payments. Will also handle the management of large-scale, federally-funded grants, contracts, subcontracts, and other sponsored funds including producing forecasts and coordinating submission of quarterly, semiannual, and annual sponsor-required reports in conjunction with finance office; and develop proposal budgets, aggregate proposals, and monitor progress of proposals for sponsoring agencies from submission through receipt, working in conjunction with the department, Dean's Office, and the Office of Sponsored Programs to address any concerns that arise.

REQUIRED:  a minimum of three years of relevant experience; initiative and ability to work independently to solve problems with minimal supervision; excellent organizational, communication, and analytical skills; ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously; and experience and proficiency with MS Office on a Macintosh platform. Experience with university accounting and grant management preferred. Bachelor's degree preferred. Job #13801-5 | This posting can be found at: http://careers.mit.edu/

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.