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TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITION: The MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions with a start date of 1 July 2020 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) the interaction of humans and autonomy, (ii) environmental monitoring and mitigation, and (iii) human exploration of space.

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.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in a field related to aerospace engineering or another relevant 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. 

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 2–3 page statement of research and teaching interests and goals, and names and contact information of at least three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. 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 2019. 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 (https://aeroastro.mit.edu/about/strategic-plan). Questions can be directed to faculty search chair Prof. Youssef Marzouk at ymarz [at] mit.edu.

MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Posted 10-01-2019


Currently, there are no open AeroAstro staff positions.



POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Gas Turbine Laboratory, to join a team that is assessing advanced hybrid-electric aircraft concepts with embedded propulsion systems in the Gas Turbine Laboratory. The project, supported by industry, focuses on exploring the design space of distortion tolerant, low pressure ratio, integral motor-fan concepts, and on quantifying the performance benefits of boundary layer ingesting (BLI), and distributed propulsion systems (DP). Will take a lead role in establishing the necessary modeling and assessment framework for highly integrated propulsion system-airframe configurations; and develop and implement the methodology required to carry out the design space exploration of electric motor-fan concepts for advanced hybrid electric aircraft concepts with BLI and DP, working closely with MIT students, staff, and faculty members, as well as engineers from our industry partner. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in aerospace or mechanical engineering; demonstrated strong conceptual grasp of aircraft design, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, and numerical simulations; ability to develop and implement plans for modeling and numerical (CFD) assessment of advanced airframe configurations with embedded propulsion systems; ability to collaborate successfully within the home organization as well as with industrial partner; and excellent oral and written technical communication skills. Job #17910

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension, depending upon funding and performance. To apply, visit the MIT Careers website.

Posted 08-26-2019

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


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.