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. Additional information about the position is available from Anna Shaughnessy, Executive Director, via email at ashaughn@mit.edu.

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

SENIOR RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE, MIT PALEOMAGNETISM LABORATORY, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences invites applicants for a Senior Research Support Associate.  The associate will be responsible for managing the laboratory under the direction of Prof. Benjamin Weiss.  Responsibilities will include maintaining several magnetometers and associated magnetization and demagnetization equipment, training new laboratory users, maintain laboratory safety protocols, preparing samples for paleomagnetic analyses, conducting paleomagnetic measurements, developing simple software tools, assisting with data processing, and keeping the overall laboratory supplied and in order. The position will also offer the opportunity to develop ancillary electronic equipment and instrumentation and/or conduct research (up to 20% of effort). Additional information about the position is available from Prof. Benjamin Weiss via email bpweiss@mit.edu.

Job Requirements: Candidates with a B.S. or higher degree in planetary science, geoscience, physics, or related field are preferred.  Candidates should have research experience in a laboratory and safety procedures, the ability to work as both a collaborative and self-initiating team member, strong communication skills and attention to detail and experience with data processing. The position will have a duration of at least one year with the possibility of reappointment. Application material should include a single PDF document that includes a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references.  Applications will be accepted at: https://careers.mit.edu/ - Job#14861

Postdoctoral Position Listings

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS-Babbin Laboratory), to conduct research on microbiology, microbial ecology, and microbial interactions as related to marine systems and climate science.  The position is open-ended and grants much latitude, but will be expected to complement the lab’s interests in nitrogen and carbon cycling; present work at national and/or international meetings; collaborate closely with MIT faculty, research staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and external collaborator;, and contribute generally to the work of the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program.  Will also be expected to advance a safe and supportive laboratory environment. The position may result in opportunities for ship-based field experiences. 

Job Requirements: Ph.D. in microbiology, microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, or a related field and experience in microscopy and molecular biology. Experience  in microfluidics and genetic engineering is preferred. Applicants should be motivated by environmental and climate science questions regardless of whether their Ph.D. is specifically in those fields.  The position is offered for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding.  Further information is available by contacting Professor Andrew Babbin at babbin@mit.edu.  Job #15258 Applications are being accepted at MIT Careers:  http://careers.mit.edu/

DISTINGUISHED POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS, Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences - The Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences supports exceptional early-career scientists with interests in the broad range of disciplines represented in the department. Fellows pursue independent research but are also encouraged to collaborate with one or more faculty in the department. A faculty mentor hosts each fellow. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective faculty mentors. MIT postdoctoral researchers receive mentoring and opportunities for career development throughout the postdoctoral period. The program appoints new fellows each year through a competitive process. Appointments are for two years. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $64,000, full coverage of premiums for affiliate health and basic dental and vision insurance, and an allowance of $5,000 per year for research and relocation expenses. Each selected fellow will be appointed to a named fellowship. Named fellowships include the Crosby Fellowship, the Houghton Fellowship and the Lorenz Fellowship. Houghton fellows are additionally invited to contribute to educational activities in the department, at a level to be determined in consultation with the faculty mentor.

Application Information: Applications are due by December 6, 2017 and must include the following: 1) A single PDF file containing a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and a two-page plan of research to be conducted during the fellowship. 2) Three reference letters. All prospective fellows, regardless of discipline, fill out a common application form through Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10271. The application form will generate emails instructing referees how to upload their letters. The start date is flexible, but should ideally fall between June 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. by the start date, but not more than three years before the start date. Applicants not selected for one of the named fellowships will automatically be considered for open postdoctoral positions in their area of expertise at MIT. Questions about the fellowship may be directed to eapsdpf@mit.edu.

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

Administrative Position Listings

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, to provide comprehensive administrative support for faculty members and their research groups. Will work closely with the finance team to accomplish business tasks including reconciling and monitoring research grant and fund account statements and projections; assisting with preparing and submitting research proposals to funding agencies; acting as liaison with MIT's Office of Sponsored Programs, setting up and monitoring subcontracts, requesting no-cost extensions, and handling close-out actions as needed; arranging complex travel and processing reimbursement reports; processing procurement and tracking order status and transfer vouchers; and interacting with multiple vendors and MIT credit card services.  Will also assist with event planning for seminars and group meetings; collect and distribute mail; assist with monthly group teleconferences and videoconferences; coordinate office space assignments, signage, telephones, and mailboxes; coordinate appointments and DACCA changes with HR administrator; assist with ordering laboratory supplies and instrumentation and with financial management of analytical and experimental laboratories; organize appointments and manage schedules and calendars for faculty; and work on special projects and provide other administrative assistance as needed.

Job Requirements: three years’ experience in a professional administrative office support position that included account management; meticulous attention to detail; strong organizational skills; excellent customer service, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills; good judgment; initiative; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently and as part of a team, and own and follow through on tasks; discretion with confidential information; and proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Adobe Acrobat. Experience with SAP and MIT accounting, COEUS, and grants management procedures strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree also preferred. Applications are being accepted at http://careers.mit.edu/ - Job #15259-5.

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.