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

Faculty Position in Geophysics and Geochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA 02139, invites qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position. The search is in the broad area of geophysics and geochemistry encompassing the Earth and other planetary bodies in the solar system. We seek candidates who use theory, observation, and/or experimentation and particularly encourage applicants whose work crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Candidates should have the potential for innovation and leadership in research and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in geoscience 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. 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. We request that in their cover letter, applicants explicitly commit to our department’s code of conduct: https://eapsweb.mit.edu/about/code-conduct

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11380
To receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 1, 2018.

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


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 Josh Kastorf via email at perl-info@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

Postdoctoral Position Listings

No specific listings at this time.

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


Administrative Position Listings

Communications Assistant, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to assist the Communications Officer across the full range of departmental communications—internal and external—to promote EAPS research and academic programs. Tasks include providing content management support for multiple websites, events calendars, and HTML email campaigns at the direction of the Communications Officer, in coordination with the Senior Development and Academic Officers; writing news and feature articles and keeping up-to-date on current research and events in order to contribute to an editorial calendar; copyediting and proofing; developing content for social media channels; interfacing with Institute communicators to help coordinate news and social media coverage; assisting as a point of contact for media requests; photographing and recording events and interviews; executing content for internal informational video displays; monitoring and updating online and physical directories; preparing files and uploading content to Flickr and YouTube, as well as collecting and archiving digital assets in an internal library.

Job Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in communications or a related field preferred, with a background in the physical sciences strongly desired. Minimum three years of experience in a communications or journalistic role for a business, science, or technology publication and/or in an academic setting; strong reporting, writing, and copyediting skills and knowledge of AP style; experience coordinating social media channels; familiarity with content management systems (Drupal, Wordpress, MailChimp) and database management; experience with the fundamentals of design, photography, and video production, and a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Outstanding interpersonal and project management skills, and a willingness to learn new skills as needed. The ability to adapt and to prioritize and meet deadlines, working independently and with a diverse interdisciplinary group. The posting can be found at Careers Across MIT:  http://careers.mit.edu/ Search for Job ID 16237.


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.