Open Positions and Opportunities for Affiliation

J-WAFS is welcoming visiting scholars to join us at MIT. Visiting scholars may spend a semester, academic year, or full year, and enjoy all the benefits of institutional affiliation with MIT along with work space (which may be shared) within J-WAFS offices. No salary, stipend, lab space, computers, or housing are provided; this is intended for professors on sabbatical or other researchers who have their salaries covered by a home institution or research grant.

Please note that MIT is not approving any visitor appointments throughout the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year due to campus COVID restrictions. This includes remote visitors. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may fill out the J-WAFS application if you wish, but we will not act on any requests until summer 2021 at the earliest.


Academic visiting scholars should have a PhD and several years or more of research experience. (This is not intended to be a post-doc position.) Visiting scholars from other professions (e.g. policy, journalism) with a masters degree and sufficient professional experience may be considered. J-WAFS is interested in visiting scholars with interest and expertise across a range of areas related to the world’s water and food challenges. We are particularly interested in visiting scholars with areas of expertise that are complementary to MIT’s, such as agricultural field work, soil science, waste water management, agribusiness, nutrition, and policy. Visiting scholars are expected to have their own support, for instance a paid university sabbatical, or salary or research grant from a university, foundation, or government agency.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however those received by May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester will receive first consideration. Note also that this opportunity is for visiting scholars with J-WAFS. Individuals interested in spending time in labs of PIs at MIT that J-WAFS supports would have to reach out directly to those professors.

Download the position description and application form.