The Department of Physics has a large and diverse group of postdoctoral associates and fellows working within our various divisions and laboratories. Although the number fluctuates, we typically have between 85 and 95 postdocs working directly with Physics faculty.

This site contains links that should be useful for our postdocs ranging from general MIT information, to detail about seminars and colloquia at MIT elsewhere, to information about benefits.

If you are interested in a postdoctoral position at MIT, please contact faculty in the division or laboratory where your research interest lies, or search our Employment Opportunities. Information about the Department’s four research divisions is given here. Contact information for the largest labs affiliated with Physics is given here.

Postdocs are an important part of our Physics community and we welcome your participation in departmental activities.

Physics Postdoctoral Information Guide

On your first day at MIT, you will have to fill out employment forms with Vicky Metternich (4-311,, 3-4804) in Physics HQ’s.  Please call or email to schedule an appointment to complete the following forms:

  • Inventions and Proprietary Information Agreement form
  • Personnel/Appointment Information Form
  • Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) – You will need to provide documents that establish identity and work eligibility.
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