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

 

 

Non-discrimination Notification

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. Read MIT’s full policy on non-discrimination.

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Faculty Position Listings

TENURE TRACK JOINT APPOINTMENT — The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) and the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing (SCC)
Inviting applications for a faculty position in the broad area of "Health of the Planet". We seek candidates committed to advancing our understanding of processes that affect the Earth and its habitability, particularly through using and/or developing innovative computational and/or inference methods.  Areas of scientific interest include but are not limited to climate, the environment, and natural hazards. Our intent is to hire at the tenure-track assistant professor level, but senior appointments may be considered in special cases, commensurate with experience. Faculty duties include conducting original scholarly research and teaching and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates are expected to teach in EAPS and in educational programs of SCC.

EAPS is an academic community of approximately 40 faculty, 100 research staff (including postdocs), and 180 students, who study integrated aspects of Earth and planetary sciences, including through partnership with the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Joint Program. The successful candidate will have a shared appointment in EAPS and SCC –- and within SCC, either in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). EAPS and SCC are committed to academic excellence and to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment for a diverse faculty and academic community. We seek outstanding scientists who have the potential for innovation and leadership in research, bring strong commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and share our Principles of Community

A complete application should include (1) a cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae, (3) 1-3 page summary of current and future research directions; (4) 1-3 page description of teaching and mentoring experience and/or future plans, including contributions to fostering diversity, equity, and belonging; and (5) at least three letters of recommendation.  

A Ph.D. in Earth or other natural sciences, applied mathematics, computer science, or a related field is required by the start of employment.  Applications should be submitted via Academic Jobs Online:  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23023

Applications should be submitted by no later than November 1, 2022 for full consideration. Contact Karen Fosher, HR Administrator for more information about the position: kfosher@mit.edu

 


Research Position Listings

RESEARCH SCIENTIST — Center for Global Change Science (CGCS)
Seeking a research scientist to join an international team of experimentalists and theoreticians in the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) and a large atmospheric chemistry group at MIT.  The work will focus on interpretation of AGAGE observations of greenhouse and ozone-depleting gases using models, measurements, and inverse methods. Additional information about AGAGE, CGCS, MIT Atmospheric Chemistry, and Professor Prinn is available at http://agage.mit.edu, http://cgcs.mit.edu, http://atmoschem.mit.edu, and http://mit.edu/rprinn. This is a 4-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in some area of atmospheric physics and chemistry, and significant post-doctoral experience in three-dimensional atmospheric chemical transport modeling. Experience using these models together with observations to optimally estimate trace gas sources and sinks (i.e., inverse modeling). Capability to conceive and lead new research and to mentor graduate students and post-doctoral associates.

Application Instructions:  Applications are being accepted online at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21158

A complete application needs to include a cover letter, CV, a brief statement of research interests (one to two pages), and three letters of recommendation.
 

 


Postdoctoral Position Listings

See also the EAPS Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships page, and our general information page on our postdoctoral program.

 

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE — Center for Global Change Science (CGCS)
Postdoctoral associate to join an international team of experimentalists and theoreticians in the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) and a large atmospheric chemistry group at MIT.  The work will focus on interpretation of AGAGE observations of greenhouse and ozone-depleting gases using models, measurements, and inverse methods. Additional information about AGAGE, CGCS, MIT Atmospheric Chemistry, and Professor Ronald Prinn is available at http://agage.mit.eduhttp://cgcs.mit.eduhttp://atmoschem.mit.edu, and http://mit.edu/rprinn.   

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in some area of atmospheric physics and chemistry, and significant experience in three-dimensional atmospheric chemical transport modeling. Experience using these models together with observations to optimally estimate trace gas sources and sinks (i.e., inverse modeling) is desirable.  Job #21686

Application Instructions:  In addition to applying online via the MIT website, qualified scientists are also asked to send electronically a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Ronald Prinn at rprinn@mit.edu. Applications will be considered upon receipt and until the position is filled.

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.


 

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR — Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (CliMA)
We seek to fill a postdoctoral position in the Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA), a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning MIT, Caltech, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with the MIT team to develop the ocean component of a new climate model in the Julia programming language that is flexible, easy to use, and runs on laptops, supercomputers, and GPUs. Ways the postdoctoral scholar could contribute include but are not limited to, (1) Implementation of novel numerical methods for climate modeling; 2) Development of  parameterizations of sub grid-scale processes leveraging data assimilation and machine learning approaches; (3) Innovative computational studies of ocean processes controlling key climate features that leverage the unique capabilities of the CliMA model.

A recent Spectrum article and the CliMA website provide more information about the overall goals of the project.

For more information about the position, please contact Professors Raffaele Ferrari and John Marshall at earthmachine@mit.edu. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in atmospheric or oceanic sciences, fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering or a related field by the date of hire. Strong background in ocean and/or climate dynamics, experience in computational fluid dynamics, software engineering, ocean modeling and computer science. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22116

Required Documents: Curriculum Vitae, one-page statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation.


 

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR — Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (BLT)
We seek to fill a postdoctoral position in the Bottom Boundary Layer Turbulence (BLT) project, a multi-institutional team of theoretical, numerical and observational oceanographers, spanning MIT, Whole Hole Oceanographic Institution, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and National Oceanographic Center in Southampton UK. Our MIT group argued that the waters that sink into the abyss at high latitudes rise back toward the surface along thin boundary layers that develop along sloping and corrugated ocean boundaries. This hypothesis is now being tested in the BLT field study. The study consists of three cruises off the coast of Ireland in the Rockall Trough and includes the deployment of turbulent profilers and moorings to sample boundary layer turbulence, and the release of tracers to follow the upwelling of the bottom waters. The postdoctoral associate will use theory and a hierarchy of numerical models to help interpret the observational result. The work will be done in collaboration with an exciting and friendly group spread across the participating institutions.

Specific responsibilities will include:

●  Develop theories of abyssal ocean circulation

●  Setup numerical models to simulate the behavior of these abyssal flows

●  Compare the results from the numerical simulations with observational results

●  Perform independent research as well as within the BLT Team

●  Interact and collaborate with a diverse team of theoretical, computational and observational physical

oceanographers

●  Present research results at conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

A recent article in Science provides more information about the overall goals of the project.

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Raffaele Ferrari at earthmachine@mit.edu. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

 

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in physical oceanography or a related field by the date of hire. Strong background in ocean dynamics and numerical modeling. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22117

Required Documents: Curriculum Vitae, one-page statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation.
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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR — Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (BC3)
We seek to fill a postdoctoral position in the Bringing Computation to the Climate Challenge (BC3) flagship project, a collaborative effort between faculty across many MIT departments, and scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Dept. of Global Ecology, Stanford) and the National Oceanography Center (NOC; Southampton, UK). The postdoctoral scholar will develop the ocean biogeochemical component of a new climate model developed as part of the Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA) in the Julia language. Research will focus on parameterizing the key biologically and chemically driven transformations in the ocean that impact the climate system in new ways that leverage the expanding availability of Earth system observations. Research will include (though it is not limited to): collaboratively developing machine learning or other data assimilation approaches to inform the parameterizations, implementing the parameterizations into the ocean component of the CliMA model, and developing and leading innovative studies using the new module.

We seek a candidate with a strong interest in understanding how ocean biogeochemistry modulates the climate system and with experience in scientific programming and numerical modeling. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the start of the appointment in the natural sciences and/or mathematics. Successful applicants will also have excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, a demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner, and a commitment to work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the geosciences.

The position will ideally involve spending time at two different geographical locations: MIT and Stanford. The postdoctoral scholar will work under the supervision of Dr. Emily Zakem at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science to develop the core of the biogeochemical module and under the supervision of Prof. Raffaele Ferrari at MIT and in collaboration with the CliMA team to implement the module in the CliMA climate model. The specifics of the time spent at each location will be agreed upon with the candidate.

For more information about the positions, please contact Professor Raffaele Ferrari at earthmachine@mit.edu or Dr. Emily Zakem at ezakem@carnegiescience.edu . We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in the natural sciences, mathematics or a related field by the date of hire. Strong background in ocean dynamics and experience in ocean modeling. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22118

Required Documents: Curriculum Vitae, one-page statement of research interests, and three references (no letters of recommendation at this stage for this position)


 


Administrative Position Listings

SENIOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANT, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
Seeking a new finance team member to provide comprehensive financial support for faculty members and their research groups.  Will prepare, review, and submit proposals to government agencies, foundations, and other organizations and ensuring all comply with solicitation guidelines and MIT policies; interact with MIT Office of Sponsored Programs; create award spreadsheets, forecast expenses, and develop and prepare financial analysis reports for PIs; advise faculty and researchers monthly on the financial status of award and fund accounts; set up pre-award spending, fabrication, and child accounts; set up, oversee, and manage complicated sub-awards; prepare and submit required government monthly reports such as NASA 533M; monitor research account expenditures to ensure charges are in accordance with approved budgets and comply with sponsor and MIT guidelines; identify non-compliant items and take corrective actions when necessary; manage payroll distribution, track cost sharing and under-recovery, and complete award extensions and/or closeouts; review and authorize procurement transactions, including credit card, requisitions, and travel; serve as a resource to faculty and research staff on the interpretation of Institute and non-Institute procedures/policies; proactively identify potential issues, troubleshoot, and problem solve; and assist with projects and other duties as requested.  

Job Requirements:  high school diploma or its equivalent; at least five years’ accounting/finance experience; meticulous attention to detail; analytical, organizational, and written and oral communication skills; and proficiency with Excel, Word, MIT financial and administrative systems, and sponsored research submission systems (i.e., NSPIRES, Fastlane, Grants.gov).  Must be able to set priorities, work under pressure of deadlines, problem-solve, follow through on assigned tasks, and work independently and as part of a team;   PREFERRED:  bachelor’s degree in related field. 

Applications being accepted at MIT Careers:  https://hr.mit.edu/careers    Search for job #21650-6