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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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 email@example.com 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 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
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”.
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.
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.
Familiarity with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol preferred.