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

No openings at this time.

Postdoctoral Position Listings

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Center for Global Change Science (two openings), to work with the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change to expand the agricultural model capabilities of the MIT Integrated Global System Modeling (IGSM) framework. Will participate in the development, implementation, calibration, and evaluation of a crop model within the Global Land System of the IGSM. One postdoc will focus on crop biogeophysics (e.g., phenology and evapotranspiration), productivity, and water demand; while the other will focus on biogeochemistry (i.e., terrestrial carbon and nitrogen dynamics) with attention to greenhouse gas fluxes from agriculture. Both will be expected to work in close collaboration and actively engage with developers of global crop and ecosystem models within the community-at-large. Will also work among faculty, research staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in an interdisciplinary group that includes climate scientists and economists.

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in agronomy, ecology, plant biology, biometeorology, or related field; knowledge of crop science; and experience with scientific programming in Fortran, C, and C++. Expertise in crop simulation modeling and/or crop model development is particularly desired. Preference will be given to those with expertise in biogeophysical and/or biogeochemical land models used in coupled Earth-system frameworks. Job #13043

Interested applicants may contact the MIT Joint Program at globalchange@mit.edu with questions. Review of applications will continue until suitable candidates are identified.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Center for Global Change Science, to work with the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change in the area of basin scale water resource and quality models. A key focus of the research will be to enable water basin models across a range of scales that track the availability and quality of water within managed rivers over the contiguous United States. Numerical experiments and analyses will explore and quantify the risks to U.S. water resources in the coming decades as well as the consequences to our energy, land, and agricultural sectors.  Will also gauge the effect of policies that mitigate change and/or enable adaptive strategies to cope with unavoidable consequences.  REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in water resources or environmental engineering, hydrology, or a closely related field; expertise in scientific programming (i.e., MATLAB and Fortran); and familiarity with GIS-based graphical software and GAMS software.  The ability to use and modify models in a team-oriented environment is desired. Knowledge of and experience working with large, environmental data sets is also highly desirable. The ability to work with an interdisciplinary group to meet the objectives of the broader program is essential. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension depending on funding and performance. Applications being accepted at http://careers.mit.edu/ Job #12938

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

Administrative Position Listings

FINANCIAL ASSISTANT II, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to perform comprehensive financial, administrative, and client-service duties in EAPS’ headquarters, supporting the administrative officer, two faculty members, department head, financial officer, and headquarters’ staff.  Financial responsibilities include liaising with vendors and MIT Purchasing and Accounts Payable to procure goods and services, preparing/processing purchasing/accounting forms, and authorizing expenditures; monitoring/reconciling accounts; performing procurement card verifications; submitting travel expense and other reimbursement requests; budget preparation and projections; assisting with grant proposals, ensuring compliance with OSP policies; and handling confidential salary information.  Will also serve as the primary source of contact for information about EAPS; answer complex telephone, in person, and email inquiries; maintain calendars; coordinate travel; prepare correspondence; update web pages; facilitate minor building repairs and maintenance; monitor supplies; set up and maintain lounge, lecture rooms, and AV equipment; resolve basic computer problems; manage logistics for lecture series, meetings, and special events; assist with department communication and promotions; support academic program needs of the Education Office; and serve as parking coordinator.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:  minimum of three years’ office administration, event planning, financial recordkeeping/purchasing, or related experience; strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite, and FileMaker Pro; facility with Apple hardware and operating systems and experience with troubleshooting and system updating; ability to update websites and create basic web pages and email campaigns within existing templates using Drupal (or similar CMS), MailChimp, etc.; ability to perform detailed word processing, database, and accounting; discretion and good judgment with confidential information/issues; initiative; and ability to work with little supervision.  SAP experience preferred.  Job #13144-5

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, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, or disability. MIT is a nonsmoking environment.