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

There are no faculty position listings 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.

RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE 1, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to join the laboratory of professor Michael Follows under the joint supervision of research scientist Dr. Christopher Follett. The work will be in support of a funded project, entitled “Connecting Biogeography and Biogeochemistry Across Scale.” The goal of this project is to generate simple mathematical theory connecting the functional diversity of organisms to ocean biogeochemical cycles. These theories are applied in the context of computational and statistical/machine learning models as well as laboratory and field observations. Responsibilities will be adapted to the skills of the applicant, but may include the implementation of statistical/machine learning techniques on global datasets; comparison of computational model results with theoretical predictions; and literature review to determine/parameterize key organism traits. 

The position offers opportunities for publication in peer-reviewed research journals and engagement with the broader MIT academic and research community. It is an ideal opportunity to explore the potential of a future career in academic research.                

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent. PREFERRED: a B.S./B.A. in a science/engineering discipline (those with other degrees or partial degrees will be considered); and experience with scientific programming and data analysis (e.g., MATLAB, Python, R). No oceanographic experience is required. Will be expected to meet regularly with supervisors and engage with the broader research community where appropriate. Job #16907-3

 This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension. Applications being accepted at https://hr.mit.edu/careers: Job #16907-3

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, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR - Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

We are seeking to fill a postdoctoral position in a venture funded by Homesite Insurance. The postdoctoral scholar will contribute to the development of the capability of modeling, fluvial and pluvial flooding using rainfall from already developed synthetic tropical cyclone methodology, and use winds from this same methodology to drive hydrodynamic surge models to estimate coastal surge flooding. An important aspect of the proposed work is to develop the capability of simulating joint riverine and surge flooding. We prefer the candidate to have experience with hydrodynamic streamflow and surge modeling and high-performance parallel computing. We strongly encourage women and under-represented minorities to apply.

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 physical, mathematical, and computational background. Expertise in hydraulic modeling. Experience with programming in at least one general purpose language and parallel computing. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18440

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation.

Deadline to apply is June 15, 2021.


Administrative Position Listings

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION OFFICER - Chemistry and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to act as a resource, guide, and strategic planner in leading efforts to ensure EAPS and Chemistry are inclusive communities that promote diversity and equity.  Will be a key member of the headquarters and education teams, with the goal of ensuring that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds and identities have the same opportunities to succeed.  Responsibilities include implementing strategy, best practices, programs, initiatives, and training; coordinating integration of the diversity plan throughout the department’s DEI strategy; helping to recruit, welcome, and retain students from diverse backgrounds; promoting a cohesive and inclusive overarching culture while maintaining a sense of local identity; serving as an advisor to departmental senior leadership and working with the associate department heads for DEI; acting as an advisor for DEI-related communications/campaigns; monitoring and evaluating results of the evaluation, compensation, and staff promotion processes; attending, speaking, and/or representing the departments at conferences/meetings/programs; and other duties as directed. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: bachelor's degree (M.A. preferred) in business/management/organizational development/student affairs/higher education or related field; at least five years’ DEI planning, design, and delivery experience in a complex environment, including three in a senior leadership position; knowledge of DEI best practices; proven record implementing DEI initiatives through to execution; strong interpersonal skills for building relationships, driving consensus, and coordinating diversity initiatives with all personnel; excellent organizational, project management, presentation, and oral and written communication skills; attention to detail; commitment to promoting professional growth and development; discretion and tact with confidential information/issues; and ability to offer new ideas/approaches to DEI, delegate and manage resources effectively, and work both independently and within a team.

Job #19310-8

Must be able and available to travel.

Applications being accepted at:  Job #19310-8 at http://careers.mit.edu/