Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Faculty positions

The 2020-2021 application cycle has opened and information about various searches may be found below.
All applicants are expected to develop and lead a vibrant, independent research program and share our commitment to undergraduate and graduate education by teaching courses and supervising graduate and undergraduate research.  We are particularly interested in candidates who will help promote and provide diversity.

Candidates may apply for multiple positions, but must submit a separate application for each position. Applicants must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent terminal degree and should submit a curriculum vitae with a summary of current and proposed research programs,  three letters of recommendation, and a statement on their commitment to teaching, mentoring, diversity and outreach.  Candidates may comment on their experiences in these areas and/or how they envision contribution to our ongoing diversity efforts.

Koch Institute

Position available for a junior faculty appointment, effective July 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible. Appointment is expected to be in the MIT Department of Biology but other departments will be considered, if appropriate.  This is an open search with regard to field of study and specific research focus, but we particularly encourage applications related to basic biological mechanisms as well as computational and machine learning approaches relevant to cancer research.

Completed applications will be reviewed starting October 1, 2020.


Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

Position for a junior faculty appointment, effective July 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible.  Under special circumstances, a senior faculty appointment with tenure is possible.  We seek innovative scientists with expertise and interests in infectious diseases, immunology, and/or the human microbiome, and who bring complementary approaches from other disciplines including engineering, physical sciences, computational and structural biology.


Completed applications will be reviewed starting October 30, 2020.

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

The Whitehead Institute seeks candidates for two junior faculty appointments, effective July 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible.

Infectious disease: innovative approaches to fundamental problems in infectious disease and immunology.

Fundamental biology: innovative approaches to fundamental problems in molecular, cellular, or organismal biology.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, development, cell biology, computational biology, chemical biology, biophysics, structural biology, physiology, and genetics.

Completed applications will be reviewed starting October 10, 2020.


Postdoctoral positions

Postdoctoral positions are arranged directly with individual faculty members and, thus, not advertised here.

Non-academic positions

A complete listing of all non-academic positions at MIT is available on the Human Resources website.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer

Biology Headquarters

Collaborate with members of the department to coordinate, develop, implement, and monitor programs/activities that strengthen the diverse, inclusive culture within the Biology community and advance inclusion of community members of all races, genders, disabilities, sexualities, nationalities, social classes, and religious backgrounds. Responsibilities include partnering with department leadership, students, staff, and others as appropriate on conceiving, developing, and implementing new DEI programs, activities, and initiatives; developing and offering training opportunities; staying abreast of community ideas/concerns; functioning as part of a local network supporting employees and students with personal concerns; meeting students individually and in group settings about experiences inside and outside the classroom; helping recruit, welcome, and retain students from diverse backgrounds; collaborating on DEI-related communications; gathering data to assess and advance achievement of goals; representing the department at DEI-related events; forging connections with DEI colleagues across MIT and at peer institutions; and performing other duties as requested.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree; five years of relevant experience; track record of advancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging in complex, mission-driven organizations, preferably in higher education; knowledge of DEI cultural competency programs, training, and best practices; experience establishing metrics, analyzing data, producing narrative and data reports and presentations to measure progress; ability to foster dialogue/relationships among individuals at all levels and grow support for new initiatives, work independently and as part of a team, and remain flexible as situations demand; excellent administrative, interpersonal, analytical, communication, and project management skills; initiative; and good judgment and tact with sensitive confidential information/issues

PREFERRED: Advanced degree relevant to leadership, diversity and inclusion, justice, organizational development, human resources, or related field.

Job #19234-8

Must be willing to travel and be available for occasional evening and/or weekend work. This is a two-year appointment.

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