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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 10/15/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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.

Information on MIT’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement can be found at the bottom of this posting.

MELLON POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) (two-year fellowship), to collaborate with faculty and invited guests on the development and production of an international symposium and a publication issuing from the event (please see the 2014 symposium Seeing/Sounding/Sensing  and subsequent book, Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense , the 2017 symposium Being Material , book and website , and the 2021 symposium Unfolding Intelligence:  The Art and Science of Contemporary Computation ). 

The fellow will be hosted by MIT’s academic unit in the visual arts, the Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) program and will be eligible to teach through this program. The fellow will teach at least one course but no more than three during the appointment. Additional duties of the CAST postdoctoral fellow may include supervision of students engaged in undergraduate research opportunities (UROPs) at the intersection of the arts, science and technology.

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  Ph.D., DMA, or other terminal doctoral degree (received within the past three years); and administrative experience and capabilities.  Scholars from any relevant field will be considered, but a demonstrated interest in transdisciplinary research and artistic practice is required.  Those whose work engages the role of the arts, critical design, humanities, or media studies in major initiatives at MIT around artificial intelligence, the climate crisis, computing, materials science, and nanotechnology are encouraged to apply. The position offers opportunities for publishing, curating, and producing exhibitions, performances, or conferences.  Experience in one of these domains is highly desirable.  Job #20264

Those who have not formally received a doctoral degree at the time of application must forward certification from the Registrar’s Office, department head, or the Graduate Studies Office at their institution to confirm that they are expected to earn a Ph.D. prior to June 30, 2022.

Fellows may not hold other appointments during the period of the fellowship and must be in residence at MIT during the entire term of the position.

The salary will be $71,443 in the first year with a 2.5% increase in the following year, plus health benefits.  Will also receive a fund of $2,500 each year to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.

If you have questions about the position or would like to request a full job description, you may contact castpostdoc@mit.edu.

In addition to applying via the MIT website with a curriculum vitae and a letter describing your teaching and research experience and contributions to the creative mission of the center and the intellectual project of the symposium (see below), applicants are asked to send those materials and the following to castpostdoc@mit.edu: one-page description of an undergraduate transdisciplinary class, one-page description of a possible CAST symposium topic, one-page description of a transdisciplinary research proposal (optional: a list of MIT labs where the postdoc might participate in work at the intersection of art and science), and three letters of recommendation.  Finalists will be asked for writing samples. 

The deadline for submission is February 1, 2022.

This is a two-year fellowship from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024. 


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