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

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, Massachusetts invites applications for a faculty position in the broad area of geochemistry. Areas of high priority include geochronology and high- and low-temperature geochemistry related to the field of Earth and planetary evolution. Our intent is to hire at the tenure-track assistant professor level, but more senior appointments may be considered in special cases, commensurate with experience. Faculty duties include teaching and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as oversight of research, and candidates should be capable of instructing in our core educational curricula.

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, some of which in partnership with the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. We are committed to academic excellence and to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and increasing diversity in the Earth sciences. 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 the Principles of our Community. 

A complete application includes a (1) cover letter, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) 1-3 page summary of current and future research directions, (4) 1-3 page statement describing teaching and mentoring experience and/or future plans, including a statement about the applicant’s views on diversity, equity, and belonging insofar it relates to faculty duties, as well as any past, current, and potential future contributions in this area, and (5) three letters of recommendation.  

A Ph.D. is required by the start of employment.  Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18978

Applications received by 1 October 2021 will be given priority.

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.

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: http://careers.mit.edu/ - Job#14698

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.



Postdoctoral Position Listings

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 Prinn is available at http://agage.mit.eduhttp://cgcs.mit.eduhttp://atmoschem.mit.edu, and http://mit.edu/rprinn.   

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  a 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 #18281

In addition to applying online via the MIT website http://careers.mit.edu/ qualified scientists are also asked to send electronically a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: e-mail: 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

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, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Naval Postgraduate School. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with the oceanographers, mathematicians and software engineers 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) Developing, implementing, and testing parameterizations of sub grid-scale processes in the ocean that are suitable for data assimilation and machine learning approaches, including models for boundary layer turbulence, sub mesoscale processes, mesoscale eddies, and internal wave driven mixing; (2) Innovative computational studies of ocean processes controlling key climate features, such as heat uptake, changes in global ocean circulation, ocean-atmosphere coupling that leverage the unique capabilities of the CliMA model.

A press press release on this initiative provides more information about the overall goals of the project.

For more information about the positions, 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 applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics or a related field by the date of hire. Strong background in ocean and/or climate dynamics and some experience in ocean modelling. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online at:  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18570

Applications need to include: curriculum vitae, one-page statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation.



Administrative Position Listings

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to develop and execute a comprehensive, strategic resource development plan for EAPS.  Will serve as the main development advisor to the department head; help articulate fund-raising priorities for the department; educate faculty and staff about philanthropy; serve as the department liaison throughout the Institute, advocating for EAPS’ priorities and support; actively manage a small portfolio of prospects and donors; build a major gift prospect pipeline; coordinate prospect visits with the department head and faculty members; plan and implement strategic cultivation events; coordinate solicitation strategies and the cultivation of donors and prospects in collaboration with Resource Development, the School of Science, and the Alumni Association; develop annual stewardship plans for EAPS' donors; write thank-you notes and other correspondence on behalf of the department head and faculty; write EAPS’ annual fund appeals to increase overall giving and participation; create supporting donor-centric communication materials; contribute to the School of Science newsletter; and work with the communications officer to help produce the department’s semiannual alumni e-newsletter, EAPSpeaks. Will report to the department head.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: a bachelor’s degree; at least three years' relevant experience in development and/or alumni relations; success cultivating and soliciting major gifts; excellent organizational, multitasking, and oral and written communication skills; high-level competency using database management systems and Microsoft Office; and ability to collaborate as part of a team and work effectively with staff, faculty, alumni/ae, and other external and internal constituencies. PREFERRED:  experience in higher education. 
Applications being accepted at https://hr.mit.edu/careers JOB#19948


COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT 1, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to assist the communications officer across the full range of departmental communications--internal and external--to promote EAPS research and academic programs. Tasks include providing content management support for multiple websites, events calendars, and email campaigns; writing news and feature articles and keeping up-to-date on current research and events in order to contribute to an editorial calendar; copyediting and proofing; developing and scheduling content for social media channels; interfacing with Institute communicators to help coordinate coverage; assisting as a point of contact for media requests; photographing and recording events; executing content for internal informational video displays; monitoring and updating online and physical directories; and digital asset management, including collecting, editing, and converting files for upload to content to platforms like YouTube, as well as cataloging and archiving assets in an internal library.  

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; at least three years’ experience in a communications or journalistic role for a science, technology, or business publication and/or in higher education; strong reporting, writing, and copyediting skills and knowledge of AP style; experience coordinating social media channels; familiarity with content management systems (e.g., Drupal, Wordpress, MailChimp) and database management; working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; ability to work independently and collaboratively across a diverse interdisciplinary group; excellent interpersonal and project management skills; willingness to learn new skills as needed; ability to prioritize to meet deadlines; and keen attention to detail.  PREFERRED: bachelor’s degree in communications or related field; background in the physical sciences; and experience with the fundamentals of design, photography, and/or podcasting and video production.  Job #20012-5