Employment

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Current Open Positions

View a full list of open staff and postdoctoral positions in AeroAstro via MIT HR.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position (download the PDF)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions with a start date of July 1, 2023 or a mutually agreeable date thereafter. The department is conducting a search for exceptional candidates in any discipline related to aerospace engineering, broadly defined, though particular interests are in: (i) space systems, (ii) sustainable aviation, especially aero-engine technologies or environmental monitoring, and (iii) the interaction of humans and autonomy.

We are seeking highly qualified candidates with a commitment to research and education. Faculty duties include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, advising students, conducting original scholarly research, developing course materials at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the Institute and the profession (e.g., serving on Departmental and Institute committees, serving as a journal reviewer, etc.).

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering or a related science or engineering field by the beginning of employment. The search is for candidates to be hired at the assistant professor level; under special circumstances, however, a senior faculty appointment is possible, commensurate with experience.

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 2–3 page statement of research and teaching interests and goals, as well as names and contact information of at least three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation.  In addition, candidates should provide a statement regarding their views on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past and current contributions as well as their vision and plans for the future in these areas. Applicants with backgrounds outside aerospace should describe how a substantial part of their work will apply to aerospace problems. Applications must be submitted as a pdf at https://school-of-engineering-faculty-search.mit.edu/aeroastro/register.tcl. Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by the recommenders at https://school-of-engineering-faculty-search.mit.edu/letters.
 
To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by 1 December 2022. Applications will be considered complete only when both the applicant materials and at least three letters of recommendations are received.
 
MIT is building a diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.
 
For more information on the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, please visit http://aeroastro.mit.edu/. Applicants may find reading our strategic plan helpful in preparing their application. Questions can be directed to faculty search chair Prof. Hamsa Balakrishnan at hamsa@mit.edu.

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. View MIT’s full policy on nondiscrimination.
 

According to MIT Postdoctoral Services, postdocs are appointed with the title Postdoctoral Fellow or Postdoctoral Associate depending on the type and source of funding. MIT Policies and Procedures provides detailed descriptions and requirements for postdoctoral associate and postdoctoral fellow appointments.

The MIT title of Postdoctoral Associate applies to those who are paid a salary by MIT. Their salary is usually charged to a grant or contract secured by their faculty mentor. The MIT title of Postdoctoral Fellow applies to scholars who receive financial support in the form of a fellowship or stipend, usually from an outside agency, either directly or distributed through MIT on behalf of the sponsor. Typically, fellows are responsible for applying for a fellowship award. 

View and apply for open postdoctoral positions in AeroAstro via MIT HR.