Job Opportunity: Work with Jonathan Zittrain as a full-time Research Associate

Update: This position has been filled.

Professor Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, seeks a full-time research associate in Cambridge, MA for a period of one year, beginning in the summer of 2015.

A full position description for the job can be found below and on the Harvard Human Resources website.

Please note that applications for this full-time job must be submitted through the Harvard Human Resources website, and will not be collected directly through the Berkman Center. 

In addition to the full-time research associate role described below, Professor Zittrain is also looking for interns for this coming summer; you can learn more about the role with him, and other summer opportunities, on Berkman's summer internship page


Research Associate

Duties & Responsibilities

This position requires the ability to absorb large amounts of written material and other media in a short timeframe from various sources, critically analyze, and synthesize that material. This could take the form of preparing materials for presentations; reviewing and editing article outlines; fact checking materials; summarizing original articles or papers; or creating slide decks and other digested forms. The research associate should be prepared to help plan materials for class sessions and syllabi, lead discussions, and work with project managers to accomplish research-related goals – making sound judgment and maturity a must.

Research is often self-directed with little outside guidance beyond broad outlines and themes — though occasional targeted research assignments can be expected — so the ability to critically appraise sources and identify interesting, relevant, and original ideas is essential. Excellent writing and editorial skills with an attention to detail are also required.

Wide-ranging interests and the ability to work on almost any issue or topic that arises is a plus, as is an ability to ramp up quickly on unfamiliar fields or topic areas. This job is an ideal opportunity for those interested in future graduate or law school studies.

Over the course of the year, a motivated individual will sharpen and focus her or his research agenda, and make valuable contributions to the field of cyberlaw and beyond. The research associate will delve into a variety of research areas, e.g. human computing, mesh networking, and cybersecurity, as well as topics surrounding access to knowledge, open scholarly publishing, and academic technologies.

This position serves as a conduit between Professor Zittrain and the Berkman Center, facilitating communication between the many teams and support staff involved with Professor Zittrain’s research at the Center — as well as researchers working with Professor Zittrain at Harvard Law School, the Harvard Law School Library, and beyond.  This will entail close collaboration with Berkman Center staff and other research communities at the University.

Basic Qualifications

BA or BS degree.

Additional Qualifications

Previous teaching/TAing experience a plus.  Previous formal experience in cyberlaw is not required, but a strongly developed interest in cyberlaw, the Internet, technology and policy is highly recommended.

Additional Information

About Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.More information about JZ’s research can be found at: and at:


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society. More information can be found at

Commitment to Diversity

The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.

Hiring Logistics

The position will not start before June 1, 2015.  This is a term appointment, and is currently expected to extend through June 30, 2016 subject to funding and departmental need.  We do not have the ability to provide authorization to work in the U.S. for this role.  All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources. 

 We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

To Apply

More information and the official Harvard Human Resource position listing can be found online, and applications must be submitted through the official Harvard channels described at the listing:

Last updated

June 30, 2016