Jobs and Fellowships

Join our dynamic team

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.

Full-time Positions

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently not hiring for full time staff positions.


 

MITOS Student Fellowships

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently seeking student applicants for 4 part-time, fully remote, hourly paid Sustainability Fellowships for academic year 2020-2021. Join a dynamic, collaborative office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability. Read below for descriptions of each position and an overview of the details and qualifications.


Details (for all positions):

  • Hours: Part time, 10 hours/week, September 2020 through May 2021

  • Pay Range: $17-$20/hour

  • Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students: Current MIT students only


Qualifications (for all positions):

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability 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.


MITOS Academic Year Fellowships
Communications and Design Fellow

The Communications and Design Fellow will develop dynamic content that empowers the MIT community and broader audiences to better understand sustainability issues, from climate resilience to sustainable mobility.

This position will engage a creative communicator with skills in digital communications, branding, and design. These skills will be used in creative ways to inform the greater MIT community of important outcomes, research, and trends in sustainability while engaging the community in new ways. Work completed in this role will reflect a passion for social, scientific, and environmental change.

This position will work directly with the MITOS Communications Specialist to support the office’s web, social media, and email outreach as well as community engagement projects. The ideal candidate will have experience with Drupal, Adobe Creative Suite, 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 branding exercises and ideation;

  • Execution of the MITOS communications and community engagement strategies;

  • Provide additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

Campus Environmental Justice Fellow

Campus Environmental Justice - Student Fellow

Climate change is driving action across MIT in our classrooms, research labs, student groups, and in the way we operate and plan for our physical campus in Cambridge. The impacts of climate change are already being felt across the Greater Boston Area and the globe, and they disproportionately impact vulnerable groups and people of color. The voices and expertise of marginalized communities have long been sidelined in mainstream environmental and sustainability efforts, fueled by historical oppression and racism.

Developing policies and solutions that explicitly aim to mitigate these negative impacts is key to making a better world. The Campus Environmental Justice fellow will work closely with staff in the Office of Sustainability - and its partners - to explore how MITOS can advance an environmental justice framework in its campus sustainability work.

The fellow will have a combination of interest and experience in:

  • Being an organizational change agent grounded in principles of equity and justice;

  • Developing knowledge of diversity and inclusion concepts and practices;

  • Exploring equity challenges related to sustainability issues, i.e. food security and sovereignty, energy production and use, water access, water and air quality, human health, and sustainable work & living environments;

  • Helping to build an active community dialogue and strengthen partnerships around environmental justice principles and frameworks, grounded in the MITOS methodology of engaging MIT’s academic and operational communities together;

  • Informing the development of shared values and collective vision around environmental justice for MITOS;

  • Developing and presenting written reports, articles, and other outreach materials;

  • Having support and space to explore and develop new ideas.

 

Climate Resiliency Fellow

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking to hire a student Climate Resiliency Fellow to support the planning needs of MIT’s campus-based climate preparedness, business continuity, and adaptation efforts. The Fellow will support MIT’s climate resiliency activities at campus and city scales through mapping, analyzing and communicating about MIT’s climate vulnerability, risk assessment and preparedness planning.

The Fellow’s efforts will build upon emerging outputs from the MIT Flood Vulnerability Study, a dynamic 2D modelling assessment of current and future campus flood risks conducted in partnership with the MIT Joint Program for Science and Policy of Global Change. A key outcome of the Fellow’s activities would be to enhance the MIT Campus flood model to understand surface flooding interaction with campus buildings and to develop strategies for improving flood resilience.

Duties will include:

  • Developing the skills to run  the ICM-2d hydraulic flood model  of the MIT Campus (MIT Flood Model)

  • Enhancing the MIT Flood Model to include water flow and storage in MIT buildings

  • Developing a mathematical model of flood water flow between MIT building basements

  • GIS Mapping analysis about flood risk for community assets, including integration of mapping of campus building, community functions and financial risk locations;

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Experience using software applications for modeling biophysical systems on Windows Platforms

  • Skill in a programming Language (C, Python,…) or platform (R, MATLAB, …)

  • Ability to conceptualize flood flow phenomena and implement them with the software;

  • Ability to communicate with researchers from urban planning, architectures, and climate scientists and stakeholders from MIT’s operational staff.

Desired  Qualifications:

  • GIS analysis skill set;

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

  • Desire to impact the future of MIT

 

Data-Driven Community Health and Sustainability Fellow

MIT’s Institute for Medical and Engineering Sciences (IMES) and the Office of Sustainability (MITOS) are jointly seeking a Student Research Assistant to manage and conduct research on the intersection of transportation choices, human health and environmental impacts. The research will initially assess the health impact of COVID-imposed work restrictions and transportation options to and from the MIT campus. We seek to address the challenge of a changing transportation and workforce landscape in a COVID//post COVID environment on the human condition.

The fellow will become an integral part of the research team as we shape the study, data collection and analysis.

Tasks Include:

  • Supporting PI in seeking approval for human subject research;

  • Cataloging existing transportation data available from the Office of Sustainability, and identifying where additional datasets would be valuable;

  • Attaining and distributing sensors for distribution to participants;

  • Preparing and cleaning interval datasets, and helping to transform raw data into metrics;

  • Assisting in the design/creation of figures and accompanying narrative to present the metrics in the form of a written report;

  • Supporting 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:

  • Self-motivation and an eagerness to learn;

  • Experience with data processing and analysis (R and/or Python preferred);

  • Experience developing data visualizations, including static graphics and/or interactive dashboards (R, Tableau, and/or D3.js preferred);

  • Strong communication skills and comfort working with diverse stakeholders;

  • Ability to ask clarifying questions and to seek help when needed;

  • Interest in improving campus sustainability;

  • Willingness to take ownership of work;

  • Ability to work independently to problem-solve analytics tasks; and (as a plus)

  • Experience with website development, design, and/or content management.

 

MITOS Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Office of Sustainability is also sponsoring 6 experiential learning opportunities (ELO) for MIT undergraduates only. For more information see the ELO page. To apply go to MIT's Handshake, CAPD's job search/recruitment portal and search for the below jobs:

1. Data-Driven Sustainability Reporting Student Fellow

2. Software Engineer to Support Urban Climate Resilience Fellow

3. Climate Change Scope 3 Fellow (4 positions available)

Details

  • Available to all undergraduate students

  • Fully remote, part-time opportunity up to 10 hours a week

  • Stipend based on $18/hour for 15 weeks: $2700

  • Dates: Sept 1 to Jan 29

  • Submit a resume and cover letter through Handshake

  • Email mitosjobs@mit.edu with questions