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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computer Science

Harvard University

October 17, 2018
Job location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Academic/Faculty, Computer/Information Sciences


School: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department/Area: Computer Science
Position Description:
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Statistics seeks candidates for two prestigious postdoctoral fellow programs in Computer 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 Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. CRCS provides Postdoctoral Fellows with an annual income plus travel and research funding to allow Fellows to engage in independent research. Fellows typically spend between one to three years at CRCS.
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 At Presenthave activities in the following areas:
   » Digital Economy (Chen, Mitzenmacher, Parkes, Singer)
   » Healthcare Technology (Doshi-Velez, Gajos, Grosz, Kuindersma)
   » Privacy, Security, and Secure Systems (Calmon, Chong, Dwork, Mickens, Mitzenmacher, Vadhan)
   » Human-Computer Interaction (Gajos, Glassman)
   » Social Computing for Societal Problems (Chen, Na Li, Parkes, Waldo)
   » Fairness in Machine Learning (Calmon, Dwork, Parkes, Zittrain)
   » Scientific Preservation and Reproducibility (Dwork)
   » Network Science (Mitzenmacher, Singer)
   » Text Analysis (Shieber)
   » Citizen Science (Gajos, Sweeney)
   » Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence (Doshi-Velez, Dwork, Shieber, Zittrain)
The ideal researcher will have a technical background in an area related to computer science and a desire to creatively use those expertise 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.
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.
For more information about the Center and its activities, see

Michael O. Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University seeks candidates 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 income as well as an allocation for research and travel expenses.
We are seeking for junior 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. Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus 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.
candidates to the Rabin Fellowship will also be considered for other possible postdoctoral fellowship positions in theoretical computer science at Harvard, depending on availcapability 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 income than the Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Basic Appropriate qualifications:
Candidates are required to have a doctorate or terminal degree in Computer Science or a related area by the expected start date.
Contact Information:
Jenny Mileski
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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.
candidates for the CRCS Postdoctoral Fellowship should describe what appeals to you about joining CRCS and describe how you would contribute to the existing community in your cover letter.
We encourage candidates to apply by December 3, 2018, but will continue to review applications until the positions are filled.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, discapability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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