Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computer Science, Computational Science and Engineering, and Data Scienc

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
21 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computer Science, Computational Science and Engineering, and Data Science

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Computer Science/Computational Science/Statistics

Position Description

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Statistics seeks applicants for three prestigious postdoctoral fellow programs in Computer Science, Computational Science, and Data Science.

Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS)

The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) solicits applications for its Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars Programs for the 2018-2019 academic year. CRCS provides Postdoctoral Fellows with an annual salary plus travel and research funding to allow Fellows to engage in independent research. Fellows typically spend between one to three years at CRCS. Visiting Scholars ordinarily bring their own support, but CRCS occasionally offers supplemental funding.

We seek researchers enthusiastic to interact with computer scientists and colleagues from other disciplines and who have a demonstrated interest in connecting their research agenda with societal issues. We currently have activities in the following areas:
– Digital Economy (Chen, Parkes, Singer)
– Healthcare Technology (Gajos, Grosz, Kuindersma, Seltzer)
– Privacy, Security, and Secure Systems (Calmon, Chong, Dwork, Mickens, Vadhan)
– Social Computing for Societal Problems (Chen, Na Li, Parkes, Waldo)
– Fairness in Machine Learning (Calmon, Dwork, Seltzer, Zittrain)
– Scientific Preservation and Reproducibility (Doshi-Velez, Dwork, Seltzer)
– Network Science (Mitzenmacher, Singer)
– Text Analysis (Shieber)
– Citizen Science (Gajos, Sweeney)
– Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence (Dwork, Seltzer, Shieber, Zittrain)

The ideal researcher will have a technical background in an area related to computer science and a desire to creatively use those skills to address problems of societal importance. CRCS is a highly collaborative environment, and we expect Fellows and Scholars to engage with researchers both inside and outside of computer science. CRCS research has led to important artifacts such as the Helios Voting System and the tools being constructed in the Privacy Tools Project.

Visit http://crcs.seas.harvard.edu/research to learn more about the exciting research at CRCS!

CRCS offers Fellows and Visiting Scholars numerous opportunities to engage with Harvard faculty, students and scholars in computer science and other disciplines including: the bi-weekly CRCS lunch seminar series, the CRCS annual symposium, various informal CRCS lunches, and other research group meetings. Additionally, CRCS has close ties with Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and CRCS Fellows are included in many Berkman Klein Fellows’ gatherings.

Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS)

The Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS), together with the Department of Statistics, solicits applications for postdoctoral researcher positions in Computational Science and Data Science for the 2018-2019 academic year. Postdoctoral researchers receive an annual salary to carry out original research in the areas of computational science and data science, supervise student projects, and contribute to the educational activities of the institute, such as curriculum development and participation on student thesis evaluation committees.

There are numerous opportunities for IACS postdoctoral researchers to engage with Harvard faculty, students, and scholars in computer science, statistics, and other disciplines, including the bi-weekly IACS lunch seminar series, the IACS annual symposium, student computational challenge and workshops, and applied computation and applied data science courses, including project-based capstone courses.

IACS is the home for students and faculty who are tackling major challenges in science and the world through the use of computational and data-science methods. IACS trains graduate students to solve real-world problems and conduct innovative research by using mathematical models, algorithms, systems innovations, statistics, and machine learning. Embedded within a large liberal arts research University, IACS serves as the focal point for interdisciplinary collaborations in computational science and data science at Harvard and the Boston area community.

Michael O. Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University seeks applicants for the Michael O. Rabin* Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science. The normal duration of the Rabin Fellowship is two years. Rabin Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an annual allocation for research and travel expenses.

We are looking for young scientists in theoretical computer science, broadly construed. Rabin Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to pursue their research agenda in an intellectually vibrant environment with ample mentorship. While interaction with Harvard faculty, students, and visitors is encouraged, Rabin Fellows are free to pursue their own interests.

*The fellowship is named after Michael O. Rabin, pioneer in Computer Science research and winner of numerous awards including the A. M. Turing award in 1976. Michael Rabin has been on the faculty at Harvard since 1981, and currently is the Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Research Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard Paulson School. The fellowship is aimed at researchers in all areas of theoretical computer science, including fellows that, like Rabin, might create new areas that do not yet exist.

Applicants to the Rabin Fellowship will also be considered for other possible postdoctoral fellowship positions in theoretical computer science at Harvard, depending on availability of funds and an applicant’s fit with the research activities in the group. Please note that these other fellowships may have different terms and/or salary than the Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to have a doctorate or terminal degree in Computer Science, Computational Science, Statistics, or a related area by the expected start date.

Additional Qualifications Special Instructions 

Required application documents include a cover letter, cv, a statement of research interests, and up to three representative papers. Candidates are also required to submit the names and contact information for at least three and up to five references, and the application is complete only when three letters have been submitted.

We encourage candidates to apply by December 1, 2017, but will continue to review applications until the positions are filled.

Note: Applicants interested in the IACS Postdoctoral Fellowship must submit a one-page statement of teaching interests, and if they have prior teaching experience, they should submit copies of teaching evaluations as part of their application.

Contact Information 

Madlena Usupova

Contact Email musupova@seas.harvard.edu Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3 Maximum Number of References Allowed 5 Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Would you like to be considered for the CRCS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. Would you like to be considered for the IACS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Would you like to be considered for the Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship Program?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Would you like to be considered for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Theory of Computation research group?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. Please list the fellowship(s) you are interested in in order of preference, and explain why you are particularly interested in the fellowship(s) you have identified.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Research
  4. Publication
  5. Publication 2
  6. Publication 3

Optional Documents

  1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  2. Course Evaluation
  3. Sample Syllabus
  4. URL
  5. Publication 4
  6. Publication 5 

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