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Assistant Professorship in Climate Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
Closing date
Dec 3, 2023

Assistant Professorship in Climate Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 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 the following broad areas, although exceptional candidates in other areas may be considered: (i) terrestrial processes affecting climate and carbon, (ii) advancing the science of attribution of climate system changes, particularly for extremes, (iii) science of climate-related risks and impacts.  Our intent is to hire at the tenure-track assistant professor level. More senior appointments may be considered in special cases, commensurate with experience.  We seek to build on MIT’s recent strategic emphasis on climate and the launch (with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CEE) of our new undergraduate degree in Climate System Science and Engineering.   This search complements and will be coordinated with a parallel search focused on climate and (sustainable) natural resources. 

EAPS is an academic community of approximately 40 faculty, 100 research staff (including postdocs), and 180 students, who study integrated aspects of Earth and planetary sciences, including through partnership with the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program. EAPS is committed to academic excellence and to fostering an intellectually vibrant, equitable and inclusive environment.  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, a commitment to teaching courses and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and share the Principles of our Community.

A complete application includes (1) a cover letter, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) a 1-3 page summary of current and future research directions, (4) a 1-3 page statement describing teaching and mentoring experience and/or future plans, including contributions to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (5) 3 letters of recommendation.  Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.

A Ph.D. in Climate Science or closely related field. Ph.D. is required by the start of employment. Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by December 15, 2023.

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


Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including verifying any finding of misconduct (or pending investigation) from prior employers.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin.  See MIT’s full policy on nondiscrimination.


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