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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Digital Life Initiative, Cornell Tech

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Location Roosevelt Island, New York City, New York, United States
Start date January or August 2019
Job description

The Digital Life Initiative (DLI) is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellows whose work aligns with DLI’s focus on societal perspectives on digital technologies, focusing on key ethical and political issues, such as privacy, accountability, access, security, and fairness. We welcome applicants from a range of disciplines including computer and information sciences, law, philosophy, data science, media studies, public policy, and social science whose work is concerned with ethics, politics, and quality of life.

Fellows will work with Professor Helen Nissenbaum, Director of the Digital Life Initiative. Depending on areas of specialization and mutual interest, fellows will have opportunities to collaborate with other DLI Affiliated Faculty (including Deborah Estrin, James Grimmelmann, Tom Ristenpart, and Vitaly Shmatikov) and with researchers at other U.S. and international research institutions. This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal.


Eligible candidates will have received their PhD within the past three years. We welcome applications from graduating PhD students and junior faculty seeking postdoctoral positions. Law or MD graduates or ABDs with strong backgrounds or work experience in related fields are also eligible to apply.

Fellows are expected to pursue original research in their respective areas and participate in their research community within Cornell Tech. We welcome both solo and collaborative projects, which can be guided by ongoing DLI projects.

Fellows are expected to reside in the New York City area and participate actively in the intellectual life of Cornell Tech and the Digital Life Initiative. In addition, Fellows may enhance DLI activities in various ways, e.g., by arranging or helping to arrange workshops, conferences, or seminars. Details of such engagement are fluid and depend on Fellows’ interests and institutional need.

About the Digital Life Initiative

Embedded within the progressive teaching mission of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City, the Digital Life Initiative was launched in 2017 to analyze the societal tensions arising from existing and emergent digital technologies. Inspired by the core values of justice, democracy, privacy, responsibility, security, and freedom, we support collaborative research projects that explore ethics, policy, politics and quality of life within prevailing socio-technical systems.

Cornell Tech and the Digital Life Initiative offer a unique opportunity for individuals who flourish in an environment that fosters close interdisciplinary collaboration. Our robust connections between computer scientists, engineers, information scientists, legal scholars, and others, along with our close proximity to the thriving industry and academic communities of New York City allows Initiative members to create new research connections.

About Cornell Tech

At Cornell Tech, we are building a home for digital pioneers—those of the conviction that pragmatic, purpose-driven research spurs relevant and valuable progress. Cornell Tech focuses on creating pioneering leaders and technologies for the digital age, through research, technology commercialization, and graduate-level education at the professional masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels.  To learn more, visit the Cornell Tech website >

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Instructions

Positions are set to begin on August 20th, 2019. Openings are also available beginning on January 20th, 2019. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in starting in August or January.

We will begin evaluating applications on December 3rd, 2018. Applications for August 2019 positions are welcome after that date, and will be reviewed until the positions are filled. 

To apply, please submit your information, including the following materials, via our online form >

  1. A cover letter explaining your research interests and how your work connects to the Digital Life Initiative.

  2. A current curriculum vitae.

  3. Two publications or substantial drafts of journal articles, essays, or the equivalent.

  4. Names and contact information for three recommenders.

For applicants who have not yet received a PhD, we may reach out to request a letter from the chair of your dissertation committee indicating confidence that your degree will be complete before the beginning of the term.

How to apply
Application type Online
To apply, please submit the following at tiny.cc/dlipostdoc: - A cover letter explaining your research interests and how your work connects to the Digital Life Initiative. - A current curriculum vitae. - Two publications or substantial drafts of journal articles, essays, or the equivalent. - Names and contact information for three recommenders.
Web address to apply http://tiny.cc/dlipostdoc
Deadline for full consideration: December 3, 2018, 5:00pm EST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information http://dli.tech.cornell.edu/postdocs
Contact name Jessie Taft
Contact email
Time created December 3, 2018, 4:34pm EST
Scheduled expiry date June 18, 2019, 2:14pm EST
Last updated December 3, 2018, 4:34pm EST
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