Job Opportunities

The Office of Sustainability at MIT works to collaboratively develop, strengthen, and realize MIT’s institutional vision, commitments, and goals to integrate principles of sustainability into all aspects of MIT’s facilities, activities and operations.  We are currently seeking four paid Sustainability Research Fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year, with the potential for continued funding through summer 2015. 

Current open position include:

All applications must be received by Friday, September 26, 2014. To apply send a cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu.  Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

 

Sustainability Working Group Research Fellows (2 Positions)

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking two Fellows to support the research needs of a series of Sustainability Working Groups on topics ranging from stormwater and land management to green labs. Managed by the Office of Sustainability, these working groups will meet regularly for approximately one year and include staff and faculty representatives from MIT administrative and academic departments. The aim of the Working Groups will be to assess current conditions, identify best practices, and develop a set of recommendations for integrating sustainability into campus operations, while enhancing the core academic mission of MIT.  

Research Fellowship #1: Stormwater, Land Management & Building Design and Construction

This research fellow will support the research needs of the “Stormwater and Land Management” and “Building Design and Construction” Working Groups. These two groups will address the integration of sustainability principles into:

  • Stormwater and land management practices that enable the campus to manage stormwater runoff, respond to climate change impacts, and secure long-term energy and water needs.
  • The design, construction, maintenance and operation of new and existing buildings on campus – areas of focus include whole building system approaches to design, the project delivery process, life cycle implications and costs of building

Research Fellowship #2: Materials Management & Green Labs

This research fellow will support the research needs of the “Materials Management” and “Green Labs” Working Groups. These two groups will address the integration of sustainability principles into:

  • The management of materials used on campus—from procurement of new materials to the disposal of waste streams – including strategies such as source reduction, substitution, recycling, composting, sharing, and reuse
  • Laboratory design, operation, maintenance and use, including the energy and water needs of labs, waste minimization and diversion, equipment requirements, chemical use, and research practices

Duties for both positions include:

  • Perform data collection and analysis;
  • Conduct literature reviews and assessments of best practices and innovative technology & policy solutions
  • Draft, review, and present written, quantitative, and visual materials for Working Group members
  • Develop and maintain professional collaboration with MIT Working Group members and other institutional partners

Qualifications for both positions:

  • MIT student preferred. Open to upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students. 
  • Strong interest in sustainability and climate-related issues as they relate to urban and/or campus sustainability as well as a desire to impact the future of MIT
  • Demonstrated coursework in water, land, energy, materials, and/or building-related topics within the Departments of Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel
  • Excellent written, visual and oral communication skills, including presentation of complex data through infographic design via Adobe Creative Suite or similar
  • Graduate student preferred, but will consider strong undergraduate candidates

Position Details

Research fellows will work 8-10 hours per week during the academic year (with the possibility to continue through the summer) within the Office of Sustainability. Research fellows will support the activities of two working groups each. Pay ranges from $12-$18/hour depending on student level and ability  

To apply, send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with Sustainability Research Fellowship #1 or #2 in the subject line. Applications must be received by September 19th, 2014.

 


 

Communications, Design, and Outreach Programs Fellow

MIT’s Office of Sustainability (OFS) is seeking a Sustainability Fellow to help empower the MIT community to learn and take action on sustainability-related issues at MIT through the development and execution of a variety of well-designed communications and outreach tools. This position requires a creative, design-oriented thinker with the desire to impact the MIT campus at large. The fellow will work 8-10 hours per week during the academic year. Pay ranges from $12-$18/hour depending on student level and ability. Open to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

Duties will include:

  • Assisting in all aspects of the launch of pilot Green Office and Green Event Certification programs this fall (developed this summer by a previous Fellow) whereby offices and events at MIT will be certified as “sustainable” through implementing a set of strategies, ranging from waste minimization to sustainable catering. The Fellow will further develop materials for these programs, promote them, provide applicant support, and help measure progress
  • Assisting in the development and production of web, social media, print, and branding content and strategy to support Office of Sustainability priorities
  • Providing additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

Qualifications:  

  • Passionate about applying creativity to sustainability and climate-related issues and strong desire to impact the future of MIT
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage a variety of stakeholders and speak and listen to diverse viewpoints.
  • Experience in graphic design and the ability to create professional quality posters, signs and web content with a portfolio of design work in Adobe Creative Suite (i.e. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Basic knowledge of backend website function and/or familiarity with Drupal
  • Experience blogging and/or using social media in an organizational context highly desirable
  • Sound and video editing in any program highly desirable
  • Strong MS Excel skills very helpful
  • Knowledge of the intricacies of MIT culture and systems (i.e. event planning) and willingness to work with administrative departments and student groups.
  • An independent, proactive attitude and ability to work alone or as part of a team.

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Communications Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by September 19th, 2014.

 


 

Campus Sustainability Data and Metrics Research Fellow

MIT’s Office of Sustainability is seeking a Sustainability Fellow to assist in researching, developing, analyzing and refining a suite of sustainability metrics and analytic tools to assist in the quantification, assessment, and communication of MIT’s current sustainability activities.  Data will be related to campus energy, water, waste, food, transportation, procurement, buildings, and more. The fellow will work 8-10 hours per week during the academic year. Pay ranges from $12-$18/hour depending on student level and ability. Open to both upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

Duties will include:

  • Identify current sustainability-related data and metrics gaps and opportunities with the Office of Sustainability team
  • Refine and expand time-series data on resource use and consumption
  • Identify trends and influencing factors in time series data
  • Benchmark findings against peer institutions
  • Develop a summary report of findings and conclusions

Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of campus sustainability issues, systems, and practices
  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, analysis, and presentation skills, including proficiency in Excel (including advanced graphing)
  • Strong GIS skills desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills including an interest and ability to conduct face-to-face research interviews
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as needed
  • PowerPoint, and infographic development and presentation tools
  • Graduate student preferred, but will consider strong undergraduate candidates

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Data and Metrics Research Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by September 26th, 2014.