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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Job Number: 16890
  • Functional Area: Academic (non-faculty)
  • Department: Office of the Arts
  • School Area: Associate Provost for the Arts
  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No
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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

MELLON POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) (two-year fellowship), to collaborate with MIT faculty and invited guests on the production of an international symposium and a publication issuing from the event. Additional duties will include developing and teaching cross-disciplinary courses or workshops and possibly supervising students engaged in undergraduate research opportunities (UROPs) at the intersection of the arts, science, and technology. 

Applicants should designate a primary academic discipline at MIT within which they would ideally be placed, even though their work is cross-disciplinary.  Appointments will be for two years, effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The fellow will teach at least one course but no more than three during the appointment and must be in residence at MIT during the entire term of the position. Teaching obligations will begin in the second semester of the appointment. 

CAST facilitates and creates opportunities for exchange and collaboration among artists, engineers, scientists and scholars in the humanities.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. earned no earlier than July 1, 2016, and no later than July 1, 2019.  Scholars from any relevant field will be considered, but a demonstrated interest in working beyond one discipline is essential, and administrative experience and capabilities are required. The position offers opportunities for publishing, curating, and producing exhibitions, performances, or conferences. Experience in one of these domains is highly desirable. Scholars whose work engages the role of the arts and humanities in the major new initiatives at MIT around nanotechnology and computing are encouraged to apply.  Job #16890

Those who have not formally received a doctoral degree at the time of application, must forward certification from the department head or the Graduate Studies Office at their institution to confirm that they are expected to earn a Ph.D. prior to July 1, 2019. 

Fellows may not hold other appointments during the period of the fellowship. 

Please submit the following via the MIT website:  a curriculum vitae and a letter describing your teaching and research experience and contribution to the creative mission of the center and the intellectual project of the symposium (see below).

In addition, the following material must be submitted to one-page description of an undergraduate cross-disciplinary class; one-page description of a possible CAST symposium topic (please see “Seeing/Sounding/Sensing,” Experience, and “Being Material”); three letters of recommendation; and the letter of certification noted above. Finalists will be asked for writing samples.

The salary will be $66,300 in the first year with a 2.5% increase in the following year, plus health benefits.  Will receive a fund of $2,500 each year to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.


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All materials must be submitted by February 15, 2019.




Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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.