Jobs and Fellowships

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Join our team of creative individuals working towards a more sustainable MIT. As our role on campus continues to grow and evolve, we'll post both full-time and student fellowship positions to meet our goals.


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Full-time Positions

There are currently no full-time positions open at MITOS. Be sure to check back soon!


Student Fellowships

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently seeking student applicants for five full-time paid Sustainability Fellowships for summer 2017. Join a dynamic, collaborative office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability.

Overview (for all positions):

Hours: Full time, 35 hours/week (May-August)
Pay Range: $15-$18
Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. MIT students preferred, but students from all colleges and universities are welcome to apply.

Qualifications (for all positions):

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability and materials management issues as they relate to urban and/or campus sustainability as well as a desire to impact the future of MIT and sustainability in higher education and beyond;

  • Excellent written, visual and oral communication skills, including presentation of complex data

  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel;

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated coursework in water, land, energy, materials, food systems, 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.

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to ofsjobs@mit.edu with the name of the position in the subject line.

See below for descriptions of each positions and associated qualifications.

Communications, Design, and Outreach Fellow

The Communications, Design, and Outreach Fellow will develop dynamic written and visual materials that empower the MIT community to learn and take action on a range of important sustainability issues at MIT, from climate change to sustainable mobility. This position requires a creative communicator who is passionate about social, scientific, and environmental change as well as values the importance of using digital platforms for communication, storytelling, and learning. The ideal candidate will have experience with Drupal, graphic design, video, social media, and strong written and interpersonal skills.

Duties will include:

  • Creation and management of strategic communications materials, including news stories, videos, audio stories, and various web content;

  • Assist in reporting and analysis of web and social media performance;

  • Provide additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

The Urban Living Lab Fellow

The Urban Living Lab Fellow will help to document campus-based research through the creation of Learning Adventure Cards, Lablets and Mini-Videos that tell the story of campus-based research and summarize problems, solutions and challenges of current and previous work utilizing the MIT campus as a test bed for innovation. The information collected about campus based research will provide the basis for the creation of a new database that will function as a platform for understanding the unique phenomena of place-based research at MIT and its outcomes. 

This position requires an interest in campus-based research, a passion for storytelling, excellent writing and people skills, familiarity with working in front of and behind the camera, and experience with fine arts, graphic design, public art installation, museum exhibit design and/or video production.

Duties will include:

  • Creation of materials associated with Learning Adventure Cards (strategic awareness platform)

  • Creation of mini-videos associated with campus-based research

  • Management of the Living Lab database of campus-based research assets

  • Cultivation of Lablets (prototypes for new campus-based research)

  • Provide additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

Sustainable Procurement Fellow

The Sustainable Procurement Fellow will work with the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) and the MIT Procurement Operations and Strategic Sourcing and Contracts business units as a key resource to assist in analyzing how the Institute consumes resources, identifying opportunities for improvement and promoting practices to increase sustainability across the Institute.

Duties will include:

  • Understand MIT procurement processes, trends and potential points of leverage;

  • Research best-in-class sustainable procurement practices from comparable institutions;

  • Identify opportunities in which to integrate best-in-class sustainability practices into MIT procurement policies, processes and procedures including;

    • Draft language for RFPs and contracting to support the integration process;

    • Develop sustainable behavior components for MIT’s e-catalogs;

    • Engage existing vendors to identify and develop vendor-driven opportunities

  • Research, identify and recommend best-in-class practice for reporting and tracking of sustainable procurement performance;

  • Identify and recommend best practices for evaluating, screening and promoting vendors according to sustainability criteria that satisfies sustainability aspirations across MIT office of sustainability focal areas (i.e. food, waste, climate resiliency, etc.).

Analytics and Visualization Fellow

The Analytics and Visualization fellow will work to scale MITOS’ analytics and visualization practice. The fellow will use open source data science programs, such as R and Spark, and visualization programs, such as tableau, to process MIT campus sustainability data into information that can support administrative decision-making.

MITOS works closely with MIT operations departments across the Institute to enhance and accelerate campus sustainability. Analytics are fundamental to MITOS’ approach. The fellow will work across several sustainability topic areas, which may include energy, waste, water, transportation, buildings, and more.

Duties will Include:

  • Code open source programs to analyze and automate campus sustainability data flows

  • Develop metrics, graphics, and web-based visualizations designed for particular stakeholders, the MIT community, or the public

  • Work with stakeholders to understand the scope and complexity of campus datasets

  • Support ad hoc tasks as necessary, such as spreadsheet tasks or presentation preparations

Qualifications:

An ideal candidate has many of the following skills:

  • Experience with data analytics programs; R and/or Spark preferred

  • Experience developing graphics, dashboards, and interactive visualizations; Tableau preferred

  • Experience working with website construction, design, or administration is a plus

  • Strong communications skills and comfortable working with diverse stakeholders

  • Willingness to take ownership of work

  • Ability to independently problem solve analytics tasks

Climate Change Resiliency Fellow

The MIT Office of Sustainability and the Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity is seeking to hire a student Climate Change Resiliency Fellow to support the research and planning needs of MIT’s campus-based climate preparedness and adaptation efforts. The Fellow will assist in synthesizing and launching climate activities primarily through research, writing, graphic support and implementation planning about climate vulnerability, risk assessment and preparedness planning.

Duties will include:

  • Research best practices for climate vulnerability assessment and climate preparedness, as applied to urban institutions;

  • Assist in developing emergency management plans and procedures that integrate climate change risks;

  • Prepare maps, info graphics and other compelling visuals that can translate climate science into awareness-raising about future climate risks to the MIT campus, operations and community;

  • Inform alignment of MIT’s resiliency planning priorities and activities with resiliency studies from the region including the Climate Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Cambridge and Climate Ready Boston;

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in climate change risk, climate change adaptation, climate change vulnerability, and emergency preparedness in urban and institutional contexts;

  • Graphic design skill set to convey ideas visually;

  • Desire to impact the future of MIT