We are always seeking motivated graduate students for PhD projects in renewable and efficient energy systems and environmental fluid mechanics.

If you are interested in our group, please contact Michael Howland ( or apply directly to the MIT CEE PhD program.

We are also seeking motivated MIT undergraduates for UROPs in renewable energy and fluid dynamics, interested students should contact Michael Howland (

Specific openings, if available, can be seen below.

Postdoctoral scholar

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The Howland Lab and the Eltahir Lab, based at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, invite applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Scholar position on a MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium funded project. The proposed research project is focused on assessing the risk to energy systems from regional climate change. As energy generation is decarbonized with increasing wind and solar capacity and energy consumption is increasingly electrified, both electrical energy generation and demand will depend more on weather patterns which vary in both space and time. Climate change will alter the weather patterns which affect energy systems in a complex, spatially and temporally heterogeneous manner. The Postdoctoral Scholar will lead a project to develop a toolkit, based on a regional climate model (RCM), to assess risk to energy systems from regional climate change and to develop frameworks for resilient system design.

The project is a collaboration between the Howland and Eltahir research groups and the successful candidate will join both research groups with joint mentorship from Prof. Howland and Prof. Eltahir. The successful candidate will join a collaborative group of Postdoctoral, PhD, SM, MEng, and undergraduate researchers in the MIT Parsons Laboratory. The Howland Lab and MIT CEE offer professional development opportunities, including collaborations on other research projects and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to participate in the flagship MIT Climate Grand Challenge project “Preparing for a new world of weather and climate extremes,” a project which is jointly investigated by the Howland Lab.