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Harvard University The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society Postdoctoral Fellowships

School Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Department/Area Computer Science

Position Description

The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) solicits applications for postdoctoral fellows for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 academic year include computing for public health and conservation. Research in this arena may involve, among a myriad of other possibilities, computational methods to detect and prevent disease or to model disease dynamics, computational methods to spread health information, computational methods for protecting endangered wildlife, fisheries, and forests, use of satellite imagery in service of conservation or public health goals, and many others. Other topics that continue to remain of interest to CRCS include social computing; economics and computation; and ethics and fairness in the application of technological innovation to societal problems.

Many of these topics involve interdisciplinary collaboration. To that end, CRCS researchers have collaborated in interdisciplinary work with other centers at Harvard, including the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD), Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the Harvard Chan India Research Center.

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 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 attracting women and underrepresented groups to participate in CRCS.

For further information about the Center and its activities, see

We encourage candidates to apply by December 1, 2020, but will continue to review applications until the positions are filled.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to have a doctorate or terminal degree in Computer Science 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.

The cover letter should address what you hope to gain from your time at CRCS and listing up to three faculty members with whom you would like to work.

Contact Information

LaShanda Banks

Contact Email

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, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

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