Faculty Positions         Staff Positions         Postdoctoral Positions


Currently, there are no open AeroAstro faculty positions.


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT II, to provide complex administrative support for four faculty/principal investigators and their research groups and students. Will perform general office management; maintain calendars; make complex travel arrangements; organize meetings, seminars, and conferences; proofread and edit written materials; process financial forms for purchasing and reimbursements; and manage contract renewals and invoicing for two research consortia and act as liaison to twenty consortium members and MIT contract and finance departments to meet rotating membership deadlines. Related responsibilities will include answering telephones and greeting visitors; managing Outlook and Google calendars; preparing travel vouchers for reimbursement; coordinating participants, space, A/V, and catering for events and meetings; supporting faculty teaching, including photocopying, scanning, posting lectures/homework/reports on websites, and coordinating website content and arrangements for visiting lecturers; and purchasing goods using proprietary MIT purchasing tools. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  three years of related experience; excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; high-level computer literacy that includes experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the ability and willingness to learn new software; ability to prioritize and work independently; and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of faculty, students, sponsors, and influential individuals outside of the Institute. Seek someone who is proactive; takes initiative; and anticipates the needs of supervisors, working with them to identify needs well in advance. Proficiency with web-based tools, including managing shared calendars and mail and to-do lists a plus; as is experience maintaining group home pages, publication pages, shared file folders, and note pages. A college degree is preferred  To apply, visit MIT Careers and select “Apply Now” to submit your cover letter and resume to Job number 17497-5

posted 5-23-2019


COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic communications, marketing, and outreach effort to promote the department to partners, stakeholders, industry, the general public, and the MIT community.  Will communicate the mission, values, and vision while promoting the AeroAstro profile across all distribution channels (i.e., web, social media, press release, video, image, print, audio, and physical displays).  Responsibilities will include website development and maintenance; creating outreach materials that showcase research and scientific achievements; coordinating outreach activities and initiatives that promote the department; leading and implementing complex communications projects to budget and schedule; building relationships with vendors; demonstrating and maintaining a solid understanding of industry trends across peer universities and MIT departments; and determining work methods, schedules, and priorities to achieve goals. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in journalism or another writing-intensive field; at least five years’ experience creating content and developing distribution channels in a communications, outreach, or marketing position, preferably in higher education and/or aerospace or STEM field; experience crafting compelling presentations; superior written and oral communication and strong collaboration/teamwork skills; ability to deliver high quality results while managing multiple projects; experience with graphic design, writing in a variety of voices with traditional and digital technologies (including html and content management systems), and data usage analytics; and demonstrated expertise using presentation software (e.g., Keynote, Prezi, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite and other graphics/design software, Microsoft Office, and web development tools and analytics (Drupal preferred), camera and video equipment, and video and database software.  An engineering or science background would be a plus.  To apply, visit MIT Careers and select “Apply Now” to submit your cover letter and resume to job number 17376.

posted 4-23-2019


DIVERSITY OFFICER, to develop a diverse and inclusive culture in the AeroAstro community, while working with partners to harness resources that grow this culture. The diversity officer will work with the community to implement best practices that strengthen inclusion around race, gender, disabilities, sexuality, nationality, social class, and religion among the AeroAstro faculty, students and administration. In concert with the Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation Committee, the DO will implement and update the Strategic Plan on Diversity and Inclusion, and work with AeroAstro Resource Development to identify and raise resources needed to advance its diversity and inclusivity. The individual in this position creates policy, identifies and helps develop resources, implements and evaluates actions within the department.  

Specific duties include:

  • Design and implement outreach activities to attract a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty, including:
    • programs for prospective graduate students from groups underrepresented in STEM.
    • activities to attract first-year MIT students to declare for AeroAstro as sophomores.
    • increase our departmental engagement with pre-undergraduate programs such as MITES and SEED academy.
    • expansion of the successful Women in Aerospace Symposium to develop a pipeline of future URM and women faculty members.
  • Design and implement a MIT AeroAstro Future Faculty Scholars Program to identify and support undergraduate and graduate women and URM students who have interest and potential to become faculty members.
  • Develop tools, resources, and a range of learning solutions that enhance diversity and inclusion.
  • Evaluate progress in creating a diverse and inclusive community, and recommend changes to processes.
  • Identify and assist with fund-raising and resource development opportunities to support AeroAstro’s diversity and inclusion objectives.
  • Other duties as needed, required or assigned.

The individual will report to the AeroAstro department head. The individual will work closely with AeroAstro’s Standing Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree or doctorate with coursework in higher education administration, human resources, social justice, or cultural diversity is preferred; a minimum of five years of professional work experience and demonstrated track record of leading diversity and inclusion efforts in higher education.
  • Evidence of strategic and tactical thinking about diversity and inclusion and the ability to scale projects to achieve maximum impact.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement is required.
  • Knowledge of community organization, and experience in working with students, staff and faculty to create events around diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience facilitating learning opportunities for faculty, students and staff.
  • Must be highly-organized, able to manage multiple complex projects, be adept at problem solving, and possess superior analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work collaboratively across teams with diverse skills and areas of expertise.

The appointment will be for one year, initially, with annual renewal as appropriate.

To apply, visit MIT Careers and select “Apply Now” to submit your cover letter and resume to Job Number 17190.

posted 3-15-2019



POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, to perform research that aims to improve our understanding of the life cycle emissions of petroleum-derived fuels and identify opportunities to reduce these emissions.  Will identify and evaluate technologies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions along the global petroleum fuel production supply chain.  These technologies include reduced emissions well completions; reduction or recovery of methane vented or flared at wellheads; acid gas recovery; use of renewable hydrogen in refinery operations; carbon capture and utilization/storage coupled with refining operations; and lower emissions intensity transportation of crude oil and fuel products.  Will apply life cycle analysis and techno-economic assessment to quantify the emission reductions and associated costs.  Will also collaborate closely with LAE’s leadership team and with the funding sponsor, assist in supervising LAE graduate students, and coordinate the day-to-day activities at LAE.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in chemical or mechanical engineering or a related field; extensive experience in applying LCA and TEA to evaluate energy technologies; significant knowledge of and familiarity with crude oil production and refining operations; a record of peer-reviewed publication and a strong drive to publish the findings of this research; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

This is a one-year position, beginning in early 2019, with the opportunity for extension base upon satisfactory performance. To apply, go here.

posted 10-26-2018


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