Postdoctoral and Research Staff (Research Scientist, Principal Research Scientist, and Senior Research Scientist) appointments are salaried, with two payroll periods per month. Administrative and Sponsored Research Staff appointments can be salaried or hourly, depending on the nature of the work.
Research Staff, SRTS, and Administrative appointments are usually permanent appointments. However, when future grant funding is uncertain, these are sometimes done as “term appointments” which are extended year-to-year. Postdoctoral appointments are extended year-to-year, contingent on grant funding, and a yearly performance review signed by the postdoc and mentor is required.
All postdoctoral and staff new hires receive an offer letter prepared by the HR Administrator and signed by the Administrative Officer, spelling out the terms of employment.
MITemps is used for individuals who are selected by MIT managers and referred to, screened, and hired by nextSource (our designated outside agency) for short-term assignments; i.e. those that typically have an end date, including summer employment. nextSource maintains all necessary personnel and payroll records. nextSource is responsible for responding to MITemps’ complaints and grievances and, at the request of MIT, shall terminate any MITemp assignment at MIT. MIT employees may not be employed by both MIT and nextSource at the same time.
Information necessary to process a MITemp appointment:
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, MKI is currently not processing visitor appointments or giving visitors access to campus.
The director’s office should be informed of any visitors who will be at MKI for more than 3 days. Please send an email to Rob Simcoe (copy Debbie Meinbresse) indicating your visitor’s name, dates of visit, home institution, and reason for visit. Note: If you are hosting a visitor for more than 5 days, or an international visitor for any period of time, Amanda Holley should also be copied so an MIT appointment can be processed. Visitors can be directed to the MKI visitors page for information on places to stay.
Information necessary to process a Visitor appointment:
Visiting Engineer, Visiting Scientist, and Visiting Scholar titles designate visitors working at MIT for a specified period from one week to one year. The specific title, always preceded by “visiting,” should reflect the actual duties of the visitor. A visiting engineer, scientist, or other similarly titled appointee is primarily occupied with research in the field indicated. Incumbents are not accorded principal investigator status and do not normally receive consulting privileges.
Visitors have the following classifications:
The request must include: