Information for Applicants

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MIT Hiring Process

How has the pandemic in the U.S. affected the MIT hiring process?

During the pandemic and while most MIT employees are working remotely, applicants may experience delays in the hiring process. Interviews are being conducted by phone and video.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for employment at MIT?

Individuals with permanent residence (green cards) are eligible to work. For more information about the hiring of non-US citizens, please visit the following web sites:

Can I send in my resume without applying for a specific job?

No. To be considered for a position at MIT, you must apply online for a specific job opening. Unsolicited resumes will not be reviewed. You can set up a Job Alert to have new job openings that match your search criteria automatically emailed to you.

Can I email my resume or submit a hard copy rather than applying online?

No. As a federal contractor, we're required to collect certain information for all applicants. To be considered for a position at MIT, you must apply through the online system. If you experience difficulties applying, please see Technical Support below.

If you are a job seeker with a disability and require an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please contact us at, and we'd be happy to assist you.

How can I confirm my application was received?

After applying, click on the My Account tab. Under Application Activity, click on View Application Status. If the job you applied for is listed there, your application was received.

When can I expect to hear back from MIT?

When you apply online, you will see a confirmation message that your application materials have been received. We receive resumes from many qualified applicants and the hiring process may take several months. You can check the status of your application at any time by logging in and going to My Account.

What does my application status mean?

Here are the different application statuses you may see:

  • Application Received: your application is in the system and awaiting review

  • Pending: your application is being considered

  • Filled: the job has been filled

  • Cancelled: the job opening no longer exists

  • On Hold: resumes for the job are not actively being reviewed at this time. The two most common reasons for placing a job on hold are

    • because the department wants to review the resumes it has received up to that point, or
    • because they are making an offer, checking references, etc.

Due to MIT's decentralized hiring process and the number of applications, we are unable to provide additional details about your particular situation.

Can I contact the hiring department to find out more about a job?

The hiring departments prefer you not contact them directly unless the hiring manager's contact information is included in the job posting. You are welcome to visit the web site(s) of the department(s) that interest you in order to find out more about the work being done there.

To whom should I address my cover letter?

Cover letters are an important component of the application process at MIT. We encourage you to customize a cover letter for each position. However, it is not necessary to address a cover letter to a specific individual.

Can I add an employee referral to my application?

Yes. The application process gives you the opportunity to enter the name of an employee who is referring you as a candidate.

MIT Job Postings

How do I find out the salary range for a particular position?

For most positions, the number which follows the job number in the description section of the posting represents the position's grade, e.g., 17345-5 or 17124-10.

Pay ranges effective January 1, 2020 for Administrative and SRS Administrative staff, and January 6, 2020 for Support staff.

Pay GradeMinimumMidpointMaximumMinimum (Hourly)Midpoint (Hourly)Maximum (Hourly)
SRS Technical Staff Positions

The FTE minimum salary for Sponsored Research Technical staff is $47,476. For more information about Sponsored Research appointments, see MIT Policies and Procedures Section 5.2.

EdX Positions

For edX positions, refer to the ranges below. The letter which follows the job number in the description section of the posting represents the position's grade, e.g., 17345-N.

Pay GradeMinimumMaximum

If a job was posted a few months ago and remains on the MIT Careers website, is it actually still open?

Yes; if a job is listed on our web site, it is considered open and resumes are still being accepted. Please be aware some jobs take longer to fill than others and may remain open for longer periods of time. If a department has a specific close date in mind, it will be noted in the job description section of the posting.

I saw an MIT job posted someplace else, but it doesn’t appear in the search results on this website. Does it really exist?

If a job is not on the MIT Careers website, either new applications are no longer being accepted or the job has been filled.

Are there other jobs available at MIT besides the ones posted on this site?

The MIT Careers site lists staff positions only. The following positions are hired outside of the Human Resources department:

Faculty positions: Please contact the appropriate academic department directly.

Student employment: Opportunities for current MIT students and alumni are listed through the Student Employment Office and/or the Global Education and Career Development office.

Internships: Please contact the appropriate department directly.

Temporary staffing agency-advertised positions: See below.

Which temporary staffing agencies does MIT use most?

MIT partners with two agencies: Hollister Associates ( and the Professional Staffing Group (

How can I post a job on this website?

We only post MIT jobs on our Careers website. To share your job opening with MIT students and alumni, please contact the Student Employment Office or the Global Education and Career Development office.

MIT Technical Support

I am a job seeker with a disability and need assistance to apply for a job. How do I request an accommodation?

If you are a job seeker with a disability and require an accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please contact us at ats-help at (address is modified for spam prevention -- use the @ sign when you email us), and we'd be happy to assist you.

What file formats can I use to upload my resume and/or cover letter?

Our system supports uploading PDF, MS Word (DOC/DOCX), Rich Text Format (RTF) and Text (TXT) files.

The preview of my resume looks different than the original document I uploaded. What will the hiring manager actually see?

The hiring manager has the ability to download the original documentation keeping formatting intact, but will first see what you see when you preview your resume. Headers and footers and graphics or text boxes will not appear in the preview. The system converts your resume to HTML to support online viewing, which can cause the spacing and alignment differences you see in preview mode. All hiring managers are aware of this and can download your original resume if they need to.

I uploaded the wrong cover letter or resume by mistake. What do I do?

You can reapply to the same job with the correct cover letter and resume. This will overwrite your original application with your new materials.

The document I uploaded appears blank or the system reports an error when I try to upload my document.

The most likely issue is the presence of text boxes or graphic objects in your document. The system cannot convert this information into searchable text, so you will have to reformat your document to exclude these objects and re-upload it.

How do I create an account on the MIT Careers website?

You can create an account by clicking on My Account in the navigation box.  You will be given the option of creating a new account or signing into an existing account. You can also create an account when you apply for a position.  Once you’ve searched for and found a position you’d like to apply for, click on “apply now” and you will be brought to the same sign-in screen noted above.

I still have a question ...

If you are certain your issue is not addressed in the FAQ above, contact us at ats-help at (address is modified for spam prevention -- use the @ sign when you email us), and we'll be happy to assist you. Note that due to the extraordinary volume of requests we receive, there may be a delay.