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 5 full-time paid Sustainability Fellowships for Summer 2018. Join a dynamic, collaborative office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability.

Overview (for all positions):

Hours: Full time, 35-40 hour/week for 10 weeks (June-August)
Pay Range: $15-$18
Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. (non-MIT student are eligible)

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 mitosjobs@mit.edu with the name of the position in the subject line.

See below for descriptions of each positions and associated qualifications.


Summer Student Fellows

Communications, Design, and Digital Outreach

The Communications, Design, and Digital Outreach Fellow will develop dynamic written and visual materials that empower the MIT community and broader community to learn and take action on a range of important sustainability issues, from climate resilience 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. This position will work closely with MITOS project managers on both the office’s general website, as well as a newly developed site focused on visualizing sustainability data. 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, infographics, 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

Analytics and Visualization

MIT’s Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is seeking a student Fellow to scale its 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.

Tasks 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 administrative tasks as necessary, such as spreadsheet work, presentation development, and website maintenance

Qualifications:

An ideal candidate has many of the following skills/traits:

  • An eagerness to learn

  • Self-motivated

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

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

  • Strong communications skills and comfortable working with diverse stakeholders

  • Comfortable asking clarifying questions and seeking help when needed

  • Interest in improving campus sustainability

  • Willingness to take ownership of work

  • Ability to independently problem solve analytics tasks

  • Experience working with website development, design, or content management is a plus

Climate Change Resiliency

The MIT Office of Sustainability and the MIT Emergency Management is seeking to hire a student Climate Change Resiliency Fellow to support the research and planning needs of MIT’s campus-based climate preparedness, business continuity and adaptation efforts. The Fellow will support the diversity of MIT’s emerging climate resiliency activities at campus and city scales through research, writing, graphic design and analytical support and implementation planning about climate vulnerability, risk assessment and preparedness planning. A key outcome of the Fellow’s activities would be enhanced engagement by relevant departments and offices in the use of climate resiliency information, tools and approaches.

Duties include:

  • Develop a broad, initial frame of the full range of building, infrastructural, emergency management and equipment resiliency standards drawn from across municipal and institutional contexts including Metro Boston, higher education institutions, national and international scales;

  • Collaborate with MIT staff including engineers, researchers and planners for identifying resiliency research and data collection needs such as best practices in resilient building and infrastructure

  • Compile components of the Phase 1 MIT Climate Vulnerability Assessment by integrating and synthesizing findings from affected communities, such as the MIT community systems resiliency stress test;

  • Assist in working with local MIT business units in developing pilot phase emergency management and business/research continuity plans and procedures that integrate and mitigate climate change risks;

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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 skillset to convey ideas visually;

  • Desire to impact the future of MIT.

Urban Living Lab

The Urban Living Lab Fellow will help to document campus-based research through the creation of a variety of materials that tell the stories of campus-based research that utilizes the MIT campus as a test bed for innovation. Tasks may include assisting with the development of multimedia materials that combine text with sounds, pictures, graphics, video-clips, virtual reality and digital animation.
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 content for the Office of Sustainability website and Living Lab Web App
  • Maintaining a database of information (structured and unstructured data) related to campus-based research
  • Creation of videos and podcasts associated with campus-based research
  • Assist in the development of special engagement projects such as the Freshman Pre-orientation Program (FPOP), Campus Preview Week and
  • Provide additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

 

Sustainable Mobility

The MIT campus and surrounding Kendall Square neighborhood are experiencing exciting growth, bringing with it an increase in demand for parking and the opportunity to redefine urban mobility and the commuting experience for MIT students, employees, visitors, and community members.

The Sustainable Mobility Fellow will have a strong background in research and evaluation of transportation programs. They will work within the Office of Sustainability, and in collaboration with the Parking & Transportation Office, the Office of Campus Planning, and faculty to evaluate the impact of our current mobility strategies on the MIT campus – from demand of parking to multi modal options. The fellow will then use this analysis to develop predictive modeling strategies that look to low carbon, flexible, innovative transit strategies that lead to reduced impact.

Responsibilities:

Data Collection & Analysis

  • Analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of existing sustainable transportation programs

  • Assist with developing future strategies to improve commuter services.

  • Generate a report regarding seasonal commuter trends, with an emphasis on sustainable modes of commuting

  • Gather and analyze data related to greenhouse gas emissions associated with fleet management and commuting

  • Assist with other transportation-related data collection efforts, as needed