Media Lab Director Search


Andy Ryan

Andy Ryan

The Media Lab is seeking a dynamic thought leader and confident manager with a strong background in research and innovation at the intersection of technology and society to serve as its next Director. 

Since opening its doors 35 years ago, the MIT Media Lab has established itself as a world leader in the design and study of innovative technologies. Bringing together ideas from science, engineering, art, and design, the Media Lab invents new technologies that transform the ways people work, learn, create, and play. Unconstrained by traditional disciplines, Media Lab researchers strive to benefit society by creating technologies and experiences that enable people to understand and transform their lives, communities, and environments.

The Director is expected to lead the Media Lab through its next chapter within a highly interdisciplinary, exceptionally talented, and creative community of faculty, staff, and students. The Lab is entering a pivotal moment in its history; it is significantly larger in scale than in its formative years, is of greater global standing, and is working more widely across MIT than ever before. The Director will serve as an effective manager of people and steward of its culture, while actively fundraising in support of current and future Media Lab programs. As we are in a poignant moment, globally, with broader existential questions surfacing, the Director will be advancing the Lab’s unique structure and agenda in an uncharted era. The new dimensionalities of a global pandemic and its unknown economic consequences demand fresh thinking regarding the Lab’s role within the world’s research and innovation landscape.

For additional information, visit the full job description below.

Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be sent to:

Search Committee members:

Pattie Maes <>

Chair, Executive Committee, MIT Media Lab, Professor, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT (MIT Media Lab)

Fadel M. Adib

Assistant Professor, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT (MIT Media Lab)

Nicholas de Monchaux

Professor and Head of Department of Architecture (MIT School of Architecture and Planning)

Fionna Murray 

Associate Dean For Innovation and Inclusion, Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative, William Porter (1967) Professor of Entrepreneurship, Faculty Director Legatum Center (MIT Sloan School of Management)

Devora Najjar

Research Assistant/Graduate Student (MIT Media Lab)

Rebecca Reid 

Assistant Financial Officer (MIT Media Lab)

Mitchel Resnick

Professor, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT (MIT Media Lab)

Philipp Schmidt 

Director, ML Learning Initiative (MIT Media Lab)

Danielle Wood

Assistant Professor, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT (MIT Media Lab)

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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