Message to the Physics Community, October 21, 2021

Dear Physics Community,

From the announcements below, you can see that a great deal is going on.  In addition to the APS awards and Fellowships mentioned in the last post, the TEAM-UP Task Force led by Ed Bertschinger received an Excellence in Physics Education Award.  This is a tribute to Ed’s leadership.

In the last few days, we sent out a request to all the groups in our community to suggest things for our budget this year.  Our budget is due a week from today, so we ask for responses by Monday from Christina ( and the PVC ( For details, the letter template is here.

As across much of MIT, the Department has experienced staff turnover over the past few weeks.  We currently have several openings across both the Headquarters and Academic Programs offices.  We are working hard to fill these positions, but during this transition, I ask that we all show patience with the current staff, many of whom are taking on extra duties and responsibilities to cover tasks outside their regular duties.

The weekend looks like a beautiful Fall weekend – please make sure to get outside.


Above the Fold

  • This week, we learned of the passing of Norma Bertozzi, the wife of our colleague Bill. Their daughter Andrea sent a nice obituary here. We send our love and condolences.
  • The MIT Department of Physics is collecting images to be used for our annual Physics Holiday Card potentially. Typically we reach out to faculty for images of their latest research, and this year we are opening up this call for images to our entire community. The requirements are that the image is related to your work in the department, has a title, and can be made to a 3:2 ratio. Please make your submissions by Monday, November 1st here.


  • Tenure-track assistant professor position at Princeton University here 
  • PLEASE REMIND: CALL FOR CONCEPT PAPERS: Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Call for Concept Papers for Large-Scale Research Programs here
  • Faculty position at Caltech here
  • Quantum Ph.D. program at Chicago here