Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.  The fellow will collaborate with MIT faculty and invited guests on the production of an international symposium and a publication issuing from the event (please see “Seeing / Sounding/ Sensing,” Experience and “Being Material”). Additional duties of the CAST Fellow include development of and teaching cross-disciplinary courses or workshops, and possibly supervision of undergraduate research opportunities (UROPs) at the intersection of the arts, science and technology.

Young 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. Disciplines likely to yield competitive candidates may include (but are not limited to) anthropology, art history, cultural studies, history of science, musicology, performance history, or philosophy.


About CAST

Established in 2012 in the Office of the Provost with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has been renewed through 2020, the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology facilitates and creates opportunities for exchange and collaboration among artists, engineers, scientists and scholars in the humanities. With Evan Ziporyn, Faculty Director, and Leila W. Kinney, Executive Director, CAST is a joint initiative of the Office of the Provost, the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS). The Center is committed to fostering a culture in which the arts, science and technology thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge and discovery.


Terms of Appointment

For this position, the Center has 4 academic units participating in the search: Anthropology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art (HTC), Music and Theater Arts, and the Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS). Applicants must designate one academic unit in which they would like to be located. Appointments are for two years, during which fellows will teach at least one course and no more than three and must be in residence at MIT during this time. Teaching opportunities begin in the second semester of the appointment. The salary will be $66,000 per year with standard benefits, and each Fellow will receive a research fund of $1,000 to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.


Eligibility and Selection

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree) no earlier than three years prior to the start of the appointment. If applicants have not formally received a doctoral degree at the time of application, they 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 the start of their appointment.  A CAST Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow may not hold other appointments during the period of the fellowship.

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.

Applications for the 2017-19 appointment have closed as of January 31, 2017.


Application Materials

  • Cover Letter that can be addressed to “Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee”
  • Letter describing the applicant’s teaching and research experience and potential contribution to the intellectual project of the symposium and the creative mission of the Center
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page description of a proposed undergraduate cross-disciplinary class
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of Certification from the Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or Department Head, certifying that the applicant will be formally awarded a PhD diploma by July 1, 2017. This requirement is only relevant for applicants who have not yet formally received a PhD at the time the application is due.



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