November 1, 2016

Nominations are open for the 2017 Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization

Nominations are open for the 2017 Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization. All non-tenured MIT faculty members from any Institute department are eligible.

Endowed by the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, the two-year Chair opens the way for promising, non-tenured professors to undertake marine-related research that will further innovative uses of the ocean's resources. There are no restrictions on the area of research and any aspect of marine use and/or management may be addressed, whether social, political, environmental, economic or technical.

Those appointed to the Chair receive $25,000 each year for two years, beginning July 1 of the first year. The 2016 Doherty was awarded to Otto Cordero Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in support of his project titled Systems Ecology of Particle Attached Microbial Communities.

Department Heads may submit one nomination every year. The deadline for applications is November 19, 2016. Please see the Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization website for more details about the application.

You will be required to submit the following material for each nominee:

1. Description of the research or study program proposed, by the nominee
2. Annual budget for each year of the appointment
3. Professional resume of the nominee
4. Letter of valuation and endorsement from the nominee’s Department Head

Selection will be made by a committee of senior MIT faculty convened for this purpose by the Director of MIT Sea Grant. Their recommendation, along with the Director's comments, are then submitted to the relevant Dean(s) of the candidates' school(s) and to the MIT Provost for final approval. The new Doherty Professor will be announced in early 2017. Please note: while serving as the Doherty Assistant or Associate Professor of Ocean Utilization, the incumbent cannot hold another MIT-funded chair.

For further information regarding procedures and selection criteria please contact Kathy de Zengotita, Bldg. E38-300, x3-7402, or see