Job Opportunities

Now Accepting Applications: Senior Research Scientist, Applied Geophysics, EAPS/ERL

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, APPLIED GEOPHYSICS, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)-Earth Resources Laboratory (ERL), to join a laboratory whose activities are centered around theoretical, experimental, and observational research in basic science, with both industrial and academic applications. ERL has over sixty personnel, including faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and Ph.D.- and master’s-level graduate students. In addition, visiting faculty and researchers from universities and industry frequently participate in ERL research and educational activities. Will be expected to build a strong research program in applied geophysics, maintain and further develop relationships with industry, and interact with visitors from U.S. and foreign industry partners. The position also includes student advising and classroom teaching responsibilities. Additional information about the position is available from Anna Shaughnessy, Executive Director.

Job Requirements: a Ph.D. in the earth sciences or related field. Must have a strong record of publications and presentations at scientific meetings, in addition to an impact on the international research community. Good interpersonal skills and willingness to travel are also required. Application material should include a single PDF document that includes a CV, one-page research statement, and the names and contact information of three references. Applications being accepted at

Postdoctoral and Research Scientist Positions

ERL encourages spontaneous applications from exceptional candidates at the Postdoctoral and Research Scientist level, in all areas of expertise of our faculty. Qualified applicants should submit an e-mail application that includes the following: a one-page research statement, a CV including a list of publications and contact information for three references. The material should be submitted to ERL's Executive Director, Anna Shaughnessy, at

Faculty Positions

ERL faculty are appointed through the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, or through another academic department such as Mathematics or Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Faculty searches at MIT are generally posted at

Staff Positions

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Researchers Mike Fehler, Steve Brown, and Xuan Feng enjoy one of the collaborative workspaces in ERL's recenty-renovated suite.  Photo: A. Shaughnessy.