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

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, DEPARTMENT OF EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC AND PLANETARY SCIENCES, to join the extension of the SPECULOOS project to the Northern Hemisphere. To this date, the SPECULOOS project has already led to the discovery of the seven terrestrial TRAPPIST-1 planets. More information on project can be found at https://eapsweb.mit.edu/giving-alumni/new-worlds-new-priorities   As a member of the MIT group, will co-supervise the installation of the telescope, ensure its technical support, and co-supervise its research program, mainly at MIT, but with some travel to the observatory in (Teide Observatory, Tenerife, Spain).   Will work with other members of the SPECULOOS consortium during the construction phase, will design the reduction and analysis pipelines and be responsible of the optimal integration of the telescope with the current SPECULOOS network. Will manage the observations (scheduling and weather checks) and respond to alerts (dome failures, filter wheels)which might require traveling to observatory.  Guide students and postdocs associated with the planet finding initiative of the group and interact with the TESS initiative as needed. Will be involved in the design and implementation of follow up programs of the planets to be found with other ground- and space-based observatories (notably the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes). Will be involved in the development of open-source data-science software required for the group members.

Job Requirements: a Ph.D. in astronomy or related field, a demonstrated experience in observational exoplanetary science (notably with ground-based transit searches), a demonstrated record of scientific research, excellent coding and data science skills. Must be able to work in an extended collaboration with informal reporting and minimal supervision. Applications are being accepted at http://careers.mit.edu/ - Job #15453.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.


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/

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


Administrative Position Listings

No openings at this time.


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