W. O. Crosby Postdoctoral Fellowship

The W. O. Crosby Postdoctoral Fellowship supports exceptional early-career scientists with research interests in the fields of geology, geochemistry, or geobiology. Crosby Fellows pursue independent research but typically also collaborate with one or more researchers in the department. A faculty mentor hosts each fellow and provides professional guidance.

The program appoints one new fellow each year through a competitive process. Appointments are for two years, contingent on good progress during the first year. Fellows receive a stipend of $62,000 plus an additional annual allowance of up to $7,000 to be used for research, relocation, and health care expenses. Fellows are eligible to participate in MIT's Affiliate health plan.

Application Information

Applications are due by December 1, 2015, and must include the following:

- A single PDF file containing a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a two-page plan of research to be conducted during the fellowship

- Three reference letters

Apply via Academic Jobs Online. The application form will generate emails instructing referees how to upload their letters.

The start date of the fellowship is flexible, but should ideally fall between June 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. by the start date, but not more than three years before the start date. Prospective fellows are encouraged to contact members of the department to discuss possible collaborations. Applicants not selected for the Crosby Fellowship will automatically be considered for open postdoctoral positions in their area of expertise at MIT.

MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Applications from women, minorities, veterans, older workers, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Questions about the fellowship may be directed to wocrosby@mit.edu.

Crosby Fellows

Francois Tissot

2015 Crosby Fellow

University of Chicago

More: https://eapsweb.mit.edu/people/tissot

Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia

2014 Crosby Fellow

PhD, University of Arizona

More: https://eaps-www.mit.edu/people/ibanezm

Chris Hayes

2013 Crosby Fellow

PhD, Columbia University

More: http://cthayes.mit.edu/

Giulio Mariotti

2012 Crosby Fellow

PhD, Boston University

More: https://sites.google.com/site/giuliomariotti

About W. O. Crosby

"As an undergraduate at MIT in the 1870s, William O. Crosby fell in love with the rock collection at the Boston Natural History Society. He learned to identify and catalog rocks and over the years transformed the society’s disorganized collection into a top-notch resource for research and exhibition. Crosby joined the MIT faculty in 1878. He was a popular teacher leading countless field trips that introduced MIT students and Boston residents to the geology of the Boston Basin. The author of key texts and articles, Crosby also was considered the nation’s top expert on dams. He made the determination that the proposed Charles River Dam would not cause fundamental changes to the Boston Harbor environs, consulted on the digging of the Red Line and other subway tunnels in Boston, and investigated the foundation conditions for the new MIT campus in Cambridge. A small sample of his famous Boston rock collection is still preserved by the Museum of Science" - source: MIT Museum.

For more about MIT's first geology graduate William Otis Crosby (SB 1876) and "the fourth geology teacher aded to the MIT faculty by William Barton Rogers [MIT's first president], himself a distinguished geologist", see Robert Rakes Shrock's History Geology at MIT 1865-1965: A History of the First Hundred Years of Geology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pub. MIT Press.