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

TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION IN THE BROAD AREA OF PLANETARY SCIENCE, EAPS is an academic community of approximately 40 faculty, 100 research staff (including postdocs), and 180 students, who together form leading research programs on all aspects of Earth, planetary, geo-biological, ocean, atmospheric, and climate sciences, some of which reside within the MIT WHOI Joint Program.

EAPS is committed to academic excellence and to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We seek an outstanding scientist who has the potential for innovation and leadership in research, commits to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and shares our Principles of Community

A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a 1- to 2- page statement on research, and one on teaching and mentoring, in addition to three letters of recommendation.  Recognizing that educational experiences of all students are enhanced when the diversity of their backgrounds is acknowledged and valued, we ask candidates to articulate (in the teaching and mentoring statement, and, as appropriate, in the cover letter or research statement) their views on inclusivity and equity as they pertain to teaching, mentorship, research, and service.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in planetary science, astronomy/astrophysics, or other related field by the start of employment. Our intent is to hire at the assistant professor level, but more senior appointments may also be considered. Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16642

To receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 1, 2020

Search Contact: Ms. Karen Fosher, HR Administrator, email: kfosher@mit.edu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Room 54-924, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


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.



The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invites applications from emerging nations for its Molina Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides two years of support for exceptional early-career scientists who will pursue studies in environmental sciences. Molina Fellows will then return to their home countries better able to address complex environmental concerns. The Fellow will work under the supervision of an MIT faculty advisor in the area of environmental science of interest to the applicant.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $62,000, full coverage of premiums for affiliate health and basic dental and vision insurance, and a discretionary allowance of $5,000 per year. Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree in science or engineering by the start date. Women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by September 15, 2020 and must include a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and three letters of recommendations provided separately. Applications are being accepted online at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicprogramsonline.org/ajo/programs/16410


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, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT is a nonsmoking environment.