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Position Filled: Chemistry Impact Fellow

Job Description

Please note that this position has now been filled.

The MCSC brings together large companies from different sectors to discuss barriers to the sustainable transition. MCSC Impact Fellows listen to the discussion and use their expertise to drive the conversation towards sufficient detail to identify problems whose solutions have immediately actionable steps. Roadblocks to a sustainable transition are rarely contained within traditional boundaries of academic disciplines or market sectors. Thus, an Impact Fellow must have expertise in a field along with technical fluency in others to be able to traverse boundaries between disciplines during live conversations and problem-definition exercises. Impact Fellows work in teams to construct problem definitions and potential solutions that draw from their expertise spanning social sciences, humanities, engineering, and physical sciences. Teams may be built with MIT faculty spanning multiple departments as well as corporate partners.

In this posting, we seek a chemistry-oriented Impact Fellow to bring a chemical perspective on topics important to the MCSC. As the transition to green energy is underway, many aspects of manufacturing struggle to reduce emissions due to their underlying chemistry. Process emissions and embedded emissions tied to chemical reactions and feedstock choices for a manufacturing process can be particularly challenging to address. As chemistry is a broad topic with many interconnected sub-disciplines (solid-state/materials, electrosynthetic, organometallic, main-group, atmospheric, computational, etc), we suggest that candidates showcase their experience traversing disciplines during problem-solving in their application materials.

Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, computational chemistry/materials science.
  • Candidates must be familiar with at least 3 of these 5:
    • Molecular synthesis, and related analytical techniques
    • Materials synthesis, and related analytical techniques
    • High-throughput synthesis
    • Computational chemistry
    • Process modeling
  • Experience in proposal writing, group management and coordination.
  • Must be highly collaborative and able to work in a team environment with experts from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal), including strong listening skills.

Application Instructions:


Qualified scientists are asked to submit a cover letter and CV to this post on the MIT Human resources site (Job Number 22283).

Applications will be considered upon receipt and until the position is filled.

This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.

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