About MIT Physics



Department of Physics, 4-304
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
tel: 617.253.4800
fax: 617.253.8554
email: physics@mit.edu

Academic Programs

Department of Physics, 4-315
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
tel: 617.253.4841
fax: 617.258.8319
email: physics@mit.edu
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Employment Opportunities

Faculty Position(s)

The Physics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, invites applications for the faculty positions described below. Faculty members at MIT conduct research, teach undergraduate and graduate physics courses, and supervise graduate and undergraduate participation in research. Candidates must show promise in teaching as well as in research. A Ph.D. in physics or physics-related discipline is required by the start of employment. Preference will be given to applicants at the Assistant Professor level.

The application deadline for all faculty positions is November 15, 2019. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a brief description of research interests and goals (the latter NOT TO EXCEED 3 PAGES IN LENGTH) at the following web site:  http://www.academicjobsonline.com. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be uploaded to the same site. Only web submissions will be accepted.

Candidates who are uncertain whether they fit into a particular search should contact the most relevant search chair.


The Astrophysics search is unrestricted with respect to area of specialization, but has a particular interest in candidates working in astrophysics theory. Current astrophysics faculty are active in broad areas of observational and theoretical astrophysics, including optical/IR, radio, and high energy astronomy; studies of exoplanets; gravitational wave science; and observational and theoretical cosmology.  MIT hosts the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, whose faculty and research staff contribute instrumentation for and conduct research using several facilities including the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Magellan telescopes, the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA), the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), as well as an in-house high-performance computing cluster. Enquiries should be directed to Prof. Scott Hughes, Search Committee Chair, sahughes@mit.edu. To apply to this position, please go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14313.


We invite applications for a faculty position in the fields of Soft Condensed Matter and Biological Physics. Preference will be given to individuals with a significant theoretical component to their research. Any enquiries should be directed to Professor Mehran Kardar, Search Committee Chair, kardar@mit.edu. To apply to this position, please go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14312.


The Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT is seeking applications for a junior faculty appointment in high-energy, nuclear, and/or quantum physics. We encourage applicants doing relevant research at any energy scale, including areas such as quantum computing and quantum information; cosmology, dark matter, and astroparticle physics; particle theory in and beyond the standard model; quantum field theory and amplitudes; QCD including strongly coupled matter; and string theory, gravity, holography, and mathematical physics. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of potential contributions to theoretical physics research, and to the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs of the MIT Department of Physics. Interviews will occur in February 2020. Any inquiries should be directed to Professor Jesse Thaler, Search Committee Chair, at ctp-facultysearch@mit.edu. To apply to this position, please go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14309.

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.

Postdoctoral Position(s)

Postdoctoral positions will be posted here.


For a complete listing of open positions within other areas of MIT, visit the MIT Human Resources Job Search pages.


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