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

FACULTY OPENING IN GEOPHYSICS, The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track position in the broad area of Geophysics, including theory, observation, and experimentation.  We seek an outstanding scientist with the potential to conduct innovative research and excel in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in geophysics or a related field by the start of employment. A complete application must include a curriculum vitae, one- to two-page descriptions of research and teaching plans, and three letters of recommendation.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8065. To receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by December 15, 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

No openings at this time.

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.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to conduct research on molecular and isotopic fossils (biomarkers) preserved in ancient sedimentary rocks. Will collaborate closely with MIT faculty, research staff, postdoctoral scholars, and external collaborators; contribute to the work of the NASA Astrobiology Institute team at MIT in studies of the foundations of complex life; contribute to the maintenance of a safe and supportive laboratory environment; and publish and present results at national and international venues. Contact: Please contact the PI for this project, Professor Roger Summons (rsummons@mit.edu) for further information.

REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. in organic geochemistry, biogeochemistry, or a related field; and experience maintaining and operating state-of-the-art instrumentation for the analysis of contemporary and fossil lipids preserved in sediments and sedimentary rocks. Experience with sample evaluation techniques (e.g., Rock-Eval), sample preparation and GCMS, LCMS, and GC-IRMS techniques is absolutely essential.  Will also be asked to provide evidence of a commitment to geoscientific enquiry at the highest level.  The position is offered for one year with the possibility of extension based on availability of funds.  Job #13964

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to work on the subject of temperature-dependence of climate sensitivity. Will work with a cloud-resolving model to identify processes, especially those related to cloud macrophysics, convection, and their coupling with large-scale circulation that may be strongly sensitive to temperature. The goal is to improve our understanding of the temperature-dependence of climate feedbacks and improve the parameterization of convection and clouds in global models under large-amplitude climate changes. A successful candidate will be expected to work closely with collaborators who are doing perturbed-physics experiments with a general circulation model, to contribute to peer-reviewed publications, and to present results at national and international conferences. 

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or climate, or a closely related field, excellent oral and written communication skills, and experience running and modifying a cloud-resolving model or an atmospheric general circulation model. Experience with the System for Atmospheric Modeling (SAM) cloud-resolving model is preferred. 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.  Applications are being accepted at http://careers.mit.edu/ - Job #14040. Additional information about the position is available from Dr. Timothy Cronin at twcronin@mit.edu. For full consideration please submit application by January 15, 2017.

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