The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) solicits applications for postdoctoral fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. CRCS provides postdoctoral fellows with an annual salary plus travel and research funding to allow them to engage in independent research. Fellows spend up to two years at CRCS. We seek researchers who are enthusiastic about interacting with computer scientists and colleagues from other disciplines and who have a demonstrated interest in connecting their research agenda with societal issues. 

Areas of specific research interest for the 2020-2021 academic year include conservation and public health. Research in this arena may involve, among myriad other possibilities, the use of AI for protecting endangered wildlife, fisheries, and forests; the use of technology to detect and prevent disease; and public health challenges amongst those experiencing homelessness. Other topics that continue to remain of interest to CRCS include privacy and security; social computing; economics and computation; and ethics and fairness in the application of technological innovation to societal problems.

The ideal CRCS 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 to engage with researchers both inside and outside of computer science. CRCS researchers have made contributions to important outcomes such as the development of PAWS for conservation and the Privacy Tools Project.

CRCS offers postdoctoral fellows numerous opportunities to engage with Harvard faculty, students, and scholars in computer science and other disciplines, including the CRCS lunch seminar series, professional development panels, informal CRCS lunches, and other research group meetings.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We are particularly interested in applications from women and historically underrepresented groups.

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Application Procedure

A complete application will include:

  • A cover letter addressing what you hope to gain from your time at CRCS and listing up to three faculty members with whom you would like to work
  • A CV
  • A 3-5 page research statement
  • At most, three research papers
  • Three letters of reference

Applications should be submitted via the following link:

We encourage candidates to apply by December 2, 2019, but will continue to review applications until the positions are filled.