Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts MA, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Climate Science / Climate Science
Earth and Environmental Sciences / Earth science
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/11/13, finished 2024/04/05, listed until 2024/05/13)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences seeks a postdoctoral associate researcher to explore and develop proxy records of Cenozoic carbon and climate excursions, especially “hyperthermal” events, and to contribute to a broader project examining climate risks. The postdoc will work with Professors Daniel Rothman and David McGee to use a combination of theory, simple models, and data to understand the dynamics of these events, with a focus on using proxy data to shed light on their timescales and mechanisms. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience working with Cenozoic sediments, a range of carbon cycle and climate proxy systems, and/or geochronological tools that can help constrain past rates. The specific aims of the research will be developed collaboratively between the postdoc and PIs. The postdoc will be a part of the “Preparing for a new world of weather and climate extremes” project, one of five Flagship Projects identified by the MIT Climate Grand Challenges competition. The project, led by Professors Kerry Emanuel and Paul O’Gorman (Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences) and Miho Mazereeuw (Architecture) involves collaborators from across MIT and beyond and aims to understand and communicate climate risks, including risks associated with destabilizing carbon cycle feedbacks. More information on the broader project can be found here:

REQUIRED: a PhD in Earth or climate sciences or related fields. Experience in developing and interpreting paleoclimate proxy records, demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills, and evidence of working in teams is highly desired. For additional information about the positions, please contact Professors Daniel Rothman ( and David McGee ( MIT is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage women and under-represented minorities to apply. Offers are contingent upon eligibility for and successfully obtaining the correct visa/status that permits MIT employment; employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check. Applications with a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests, and the email contacts for three references (not letters at this stage). Review will begin after 12/4/23 and proceed until the position is filled.

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. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including verifying any finding of misconduct (or pending investigation) from prior employers.

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