Postdoctoral Fellowship – MIT

Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships in Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

The Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences supports exceptional early-career scientists with interests in the broad range of disciplines represented in the department. Fellows pursue independent research but are also encouraged to collaborate with one or more faculty in the department. A faculty mentor hosts each fellow. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective faculty mentors. MIT postdoctoral researchers receive mentoring and opportunities for career development throughout the postdoctoral period.

The program appoints new fellows each year through a competitive process. Appointments are for two years. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $64,000, full coverage of premiums for affiliate health and basic dental and vision insurance, and an allowance of $5,000 per year for research and relocation expenses.

Each selected fellow will be appointed to a named fellowship. Named fellowships include the Crosby Fellowship, the Houghton Fellowship and the Lorenz FellowshipHoughton fellows are additionally invited to contribute to educational activities in the department, at a level to be determined in consultation with the faculty mentor.

Application Information

Applications are due by December 6, 2017 and must include the following:

  • A single PDF file containing a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and a two-page plan of research to be conducted during the fellowship
  • Three reference letters

All prospective fellows, regardless of discipline, fill out a common application form through Academic Jobs Online at The application form will generate emails instructing referees how to upload their letters.

The start date is flexible, but should ideally fall between June 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. by the start date, but not more than three years before the start date. Applicants not selected for one of the named fellowships will automatically be considered for open postdoctoral positions in their area of expertise at MIT.

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.

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