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 three part-time paid Sustainability Fellowships for Academic Year 2017/18. Join a dynamic, collaborative office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability.

Overview (for all positions):

Hours: Full time, 10 hour/week (September-May)
Pay Range: $15-$18
Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. MIT students only.

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.


Academic Year Student Fellows

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

MIT Carbon Neutrality Research Fellowship

Timothy Gutowski, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Julie Newman, Director, MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS), are currently seeking student applicants for a part-time paid Carbon Neutrality Research Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The fellow will support the development of a new spring 2018 course entitled “Solving for Carbon Neutrality at MIT”.

Overview:

Hours: Part time, approximately 10 hours/week (September-May)
Pay Range: $15-$18
Open to: MIT Undergraduate and Graduate students.

Solving for carbon neutrality at MIT requires a deep understanding of technology options, and human behaviors, as well as regional, state and municipal energy production and distribution systems, economic frameworks and policy. The course will be designed for students to consider the local, state, regional and national context of solving for carbon neutrality and inform the development of the pathways they design. Students will be challenged to leverage the campus as a test bed for understanding climate adaptation and mitigation in this context.

Duties will include:

The purpose of this fellowship is to support the faculty in the design of the course and begin to research the meaning of Carbon Neutrality at MIT.

Review and synthesize existing literature/research on carbon neutral campus strategies; research and synthesize local, state, regional energy regulations; conduct preliminary analysis of the impact of possible carbon reduction scenarios beyond the existing MIT 32% greenhouse gas emission plan, including expected reduction in GHG emissions and affects on wider MIT operations; support the course during the spring semester as questions emerge from students and class discussions.

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in policy and institutional responses to climate change as well as a desire to impact the future of MIT and sustainability in higher education and beyond;

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

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

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;

  • Coursework: policy, urban planning, energy, and/or building-related topics. Some background in engineering thermodynamics would be helpful.

Net Zero Building Fellow (Joint position with MIT, Harvard, & City of Cambridge)

Net Zero Building: Market Based Incentive Research Fellowship
A joint fellowship with Harvard, MIT and the City of Cambridge

The City of Cambridge, in collaboration with the MIT Office of Sustainability and the Harvard Office for Sustainability, is currently seeking student applicants for a part-time paid Market Incentive Program Research Fellowship for the fall 2017 semester.

Overview

Hours: Part time, approximately 10 hours/week (September – December)
Pay Range: $15-$18/hour
Open to: Graduate students (MIT and Harvard)

The goal of this research project is to identify potential market-based incentive approaches to encourage increased building energy performance for new buildings in Cambridge beyond the required minimum.1 The researcher will conduct a literature review to identify potential approaches and analyze how these approaches might apply to the Cambridge building pipeline.  Specific research questions could include:

  • How have other municipal jurisdictions provided market-related incentives to increase new building energy performance?

  • What level of incentive is needed to overcome the current minimum standard for building energy performance laid out in Article 22 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance2? What form of incentive, ie: monetary, information, or process-related, is most effective to overcoming barriers?

  • What opportunities are there in the Cambridge zoning, permitting, and assessment processes to provide appropriate incentives?

  • How can the incentive approach be designed to be self-contained? The City should not have to invest in financial incentives.

Evaluation of potential market-based incentive approaches should consider:

  • Potential level of impact on new building energy performance.

  • Program cost and reliance of the approach on self-generated income or outside incentives.

  • Administrative requirements for implementation and enforcement of incentives.

  • Equity across building types and assurance that buildings meeting current and future baseline green building requirements are not penalized.

Duties will include:
Review and synthesize market related incentives in other jurisdictions; assess incentive needs in context of Cambridge development market and opportunities for incentives; conduct preliminary analysis of the impact of possible incentives on new building energy performance in Cambridge; consider potential program design and administrative requirements. The project deliverable will be a written report that effectively summarizes the research method, sources, and findings. 3 The report should recommend specific market-based approaches for Cambridge which could be fleshed out through program design and tested through a virtual pilot in a future phase of this project. The project should be completed by the end of December 2017. Project supervision will be provided through biweekly meetings with Seth Federspiel, Net Zero Energy Planner for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department, and supported by the Harvard and MIT Offices of Sustainability.

Qualifications
A graduate-level student with a strong interest in market-based programs for reducing GHG emissions.
Desirable qualifications include:

  • Training in economics, business, and/or market policy

  • Exceptional research and writing skills and experience

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Interest in municipal planning/zoning as it applies to building development

  • General familiarity with building energy use and performance measures/design

  • Ability to meet regularly with Cambridge city staff at 344 Broadway

To apply:
Send a resume and cover letter to mitosjobs@mit.edu (MIT students) or sustainability@harvard.edu (Harvard students) with “Cambridge Market Incentive Fellowship” in the subject line.

 


1 For additional project background, see http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/Marked-Based-
Incentive-Program-Project-Background.docx

2 See http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/zoninganddevelopment/sustainablebldgs/greenbldgrequirements
3 See, as an example of similar past research, the Cambridge Carbon Fund Program Design Recommendations
Policy Analysis Exercise by Annika Brink, 2011: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/wpcontent/uploads/Brink_PAE_Final.pdf