MIT Media Lab Faculty Search

The MIT Media Lab (www.media.mit.edu) is seeking candidates to fill two tenure-track positions. Appointments will be within the Media Arts and Sciences academic program, principally at the Assistant Professor level.

Successful candidates for either position will be expected to: establish and lead their own research group within the Media Lab; pursue creative work of the highest international standard; engage in collaborative projects with industrial sponsors and other Media Lab research groups; supervise master's and doctoral students; and participate in the Media Arts and Sciences academic program. Send questions to faculty-search [at] media.mit.edu.

MIT is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE.


1. CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENT

The Media Lab is a cross-disciplinary research organization focusing on the invention of new media technologies that radically improve the ways people live, learn, work, and play.

We are looking for faculty candidates who aspire to mitigate climate change and environmental degradation in ways that are highly innovative, technically deep and credible, yet wouldn’t fit into traditional academic departments. We seek applicants who can think boldly across disciplinary boundaries in areas such as environmental sensing, connecting people to changes in their environment, new frontiers in citizen science, efficient techniques to sense and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, development and rapid exploitation of new “green” power sources, energy distribution and storage, new approaches to energy conservation, behavior change at local and policy levels to encourage conservation and transition away from carbon-emitting fuel, geo-engineering, and new technologies for mitigating the effects of climate shift.

Doctorate (or equivalent) in a relevant field and a strong record of research and practice.

Apply online.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2015

2. UNDEFINED DISCIPLINE

The Media Lab is a cross-disciplinary research organization focusing on the invention of new media technologies that radically improve the ways people live, learn, work, and play.

We are seeking a new kind of early career faculty member, not defined by discipline, rather by his or her unique and iconoclastic experience, style, and points of view. You can be a designer, inventor, scientist, or scholar – any combination – as long as you make things that matter. Impact is key.

This means somebody with at least these three sets of characteristics:
1) Being deeply versed in a minimum of two fields, preferably not ones normally juxtaposed;
2) Being an orthogonal and counter-intuitive thinker, even a misfit within normal structures;
3) Having a fearless personality, boundless optimism, and desire to change the world.

Any disciplines apply as long as their confluence shows promise of solving big, difficult, and long-term problems. And, most importantly, candidates must explain why their work really can only be done at the Media Lab. We prefer candidates not be similar to our existing faculty. We welcome applicants who have never considered academic careers. If you fit into typical academia, this is probably not the job for you.

The position has no specific degree requirement. Instead, candidates must show evidence of engineering accomplishment, scientific achievement, design innovation or artistic accomplishment. We are looking for a strong mix of invention, discovery and expression.

Applications should consist of one URL—the web site can be designed in whatever manner best characterizes the candidate’s unique qualifications. Web site should include a CV or link to a CV.

Apply online.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2015