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

Assistant Professorship in Climate-related Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences includes a vibrant and inter-disciplinary group in climate science that we seek to expand. We are especially interested in physical oceanography, atmospheric chemistry, and atmospheric dynamics, but we encourage applications from outstanding candidates in all sub-disciplines of climate science. We seek candidates who use any approach or combination of approaches, including observation, theory, modeling, and experimentation. Candidates should have the potential for innovation and leadership in research and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in earth sciences or 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 from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged. A complete application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one- to two-page descriptions each of research and teaching plans, and three letters of recommendations.

Please explicitly commit to our department¹s code of conduct (https://eapsweb.mit.edu/about/code-conduct) in submitted cover letters.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14201

To receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 1, 2019.

Complete applications will be considered starting September 15 until November 1, 2019.

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


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 ASSOCIATE in planetary geophysics/geodesy.  The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at MIT seeks to hire a postdoctoral associate with interests in planetary and satellite interiors, and orbital and rotational dynamics. The recipient will be a member of a group headed by Professor Maria T. Zuber and will conduct research within a wide field that includes the formation and evolution of the Moon, planets and asteroids, including their internal structures and dynamical motions. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with collaborators at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and the Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory and use space-based observations and measurements as part of their research.  The  appointment will initially be for 1 year with the possibility for renewal.

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in geophysics, planetary science, or space geodesy, or a closely related field, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with planetary gravity, tidal forces, altimetry, spacecraft orbit determination, or seismology is an asset. 

Interested candidates should submit an application that includes a cover letter/statement describing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.  The contact information may be included in your cover letter/statement.  MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applications are being accepted at http://careers.mit.edu/ - Job#17786
#Additional information about the position is available from Dr. David E Smith at smithde@mit.edu. For full consideration please submit application by November 1, 2019

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

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.