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

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

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

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR IN PLANETARY SCIENCE, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, to join Professor de Kleer's planetary astronomy group. The de Kleer group utilizes cutting-edge astronomical facilities at optical, infrared, and radio wavelengths to study a diverse array of Solar System topics including planetary and satellite atmospheres, satellite surfaces and geophysics, and small bodies. Applicants are sought from a broad range of research areas within astronomy and planetary science that overlap with or complement ongoing work in the group, including both Solar System and extrasolar planets. Observational experience is beneficial but not required. The successful candidate will have opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and will benefit from the dynamic and interdisciplinary environment within the EAPS department and across the Institute.
A PhD degree in a related field (e.g. physics, astrophysics, chemistry, geology, planetary science) is required. Applicants must submit a 1-3 page research statement, CV, and three letters of recommendation. The research statement should indicate how the applicant's research interests align with areas of ongoing work in the group (http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~dekleer/research.html).

The appointment starts on or after July 2019 and is initially for one year, with renewal for up to two additional years. The position offers a competitive salary and annual research budget. Consideration of applications will begin on January 10, 2019, and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please contact Professor Katherine de Kleer at dekleer@mit.edu with questions.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12702.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR IN SWOT NASA MISSION, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) NASA mission scheduled to be launched in 2021 will revolutionize oceanography by detecting ocean surface features with 10 times better resolution than present technologies. The higher resolution of SWOT is required to distinguish structures that occur on scales of 50 kilometers or shorter, where most of the ocean's energy is mixed and transported. Such small-scale ocean features contribute to the ocean-atmosphere exchange of heat and carbon, major components in global climate change. Moreover, SWOT's detailed information will improve understanding of the ocean environment including motion of life-sustaining nutrients and harmful pollutants. A major challenge in interpreting the SWOT data is that the ocean surface at scales below 100 km reflects a combination of geostrophically balanced motions and internal gravity waves. At MIT we plan to develop techniques to separate the two classes of motions by assimilating the SWOT data in the MIT general circulation model.

We are seeking to fill one postdoctoral position to formulate the theory and data assimilation techniques to interpret the SWOT observations. As a minimum qualification, the postdoc is expected to have completed a doctoral degree in applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, physics, statistics or a related field at the time of the appointment. A strong physical, mathematical, and/or computational background are essential. Experience with data assimilation techniques is desirable.

More information on the SWOT mission can be found here. For more information about the position, contact Professor Raffaele Ferrari at swot@mit.eduApplication 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#16442

Administrative Position Listings

SENIOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANT, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to provide comprehensive financial support for faculty members and their research groups. Will serve as the program coordinator for faculty and PIs in the Programs Atmospheres, Ocean and Climate (PAOC) group. Will prepare, review, and submit proposals to government agencies, foundations, and other organizations, 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; keep faculty and researchers apprised of the financial status of awards and fund accounts; set up pre-award spending and fabrication and child accounts; set up, oversee, and manage complicated sub-awards; prepare and submit required monthly government reports; monitor research account expenditures to ensure charges are in accordance with approved budgets and comply with sponsor and MIT guidelines; identify noncompliant items and take corrective action; manage payroll distribution, track cost sharing and under-recovery, and complete award extensions/closeouts on a timely basis; serve as a resource to faculty and research staff on the interpretation of Institute and non-Institute procedures and policies; proactively identify potential issues, troubleshoot, and problem solve; and assist with projects and other duties as requested. REQUIRED: three years of financial and/or accounting experience; ability to work independently and as part of a team; meticulous attention to detail; ability to problem solve and follow through on assigned tasks; analytical, organizational, and written and oral communication skills; ability to set priorities and work under pressure of deadlines; and proficiency with Excel, Word, MIT financial and administrative systems, and sponsored research submission systems (i.e., NSPIRES, FastLane, Grants.gov.) Job #17102-6

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. MIT is a nonsmoking environment.