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Opportunity: Senior Research Coordinator for Jonathan Zittrain

Opportunity: Senior Research Coordinator for Jonathan Zittrain

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society seeks a full-time Senior Research Coordinator in Cambridge, MA to work alongside our Faculty Director, Professor Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

This job will be posted officially soon. If you would like to be informed once it is, and indicate your interest in the position in the meantime, please do so through this form.

Over the course of their time in the role, a motivated individual will sharpen and focus a research agenda and make valuable contributions in the field of cyberlaw and beyond, while working alongside leaders in academia, industry, and government. A Research Coordinator in this position will work very closely on a day-to-day basis with Professor Zittrain and his team, assisting in a variety of research areas, e.g. artificial intelligence, intermediary liability, and disinformation. With mentorship and guidance from Professor Zittrain and other contributors from across the Berkman Klein Center, the Research Coordinator will be expected to take an important role in shepherding the design and execution of research and programming.

This post entails lots of thinking through and writing about pressing issues with a sharp eye and a nuanced pen, as well as immersion in the details of design and implementation of academic courses—like Governing Digital Technology, The Ethics and Governance of AI, and Design for Democratic Discourse. There's also an opportunity to contribute to new ventures that complement and extend the reach of the more solitary academic research process. Examples include such initiatives as Assembly, The Institute for Rebooting Social Media, H2O, Perma.cc, the Caselaw Access Project, Internet Monitor, and HLS Beyond.

Job-Specific Responsibilities and Requirements

Requirements

  • Excellent writing and editorial skills with an attention to detail.
  • The ability to absorb large amounts of written and other media materials from various sources in a short amount of time, critically analyze that material and render it back. These renderings may take a variety of forms including prep materials for panels, conferences, and presentations; outlines and drafts of articles and papers; slide decks; and other digested forms.
  • Wide ranging interests and the ability to quickly develop baseline expertise around unfamiliar material.

Responsibilities

  • Help prepare syllabi and other curricular materials, lead discussions, and work with project managers across the Berkman Klein Center and the Harvard Law School Library to advance research goals while ensuring effective communication within and between teams.
  • Support the planning and execution of programs across the Berkman Klein Center and Harvard Law School Library. This work may include developing and refining fundraising proposals, supporting and contributing to the management of project teams, and supporting the development of strategic partnerships with people and organizations beyond the Harvard community.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years of experience in research (whether qualitative, quantitative, or software engineering), administration or related field.

Additional Qualifications

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

  • Proven ability to complete independent research
  • Self-motivated and organized
  • Comfortable working with little outside direction
  • Excellent critical reading skills
  • Wide-ranging interests, able to work enthusiastically on intellectually diverse projects
  • Willing to engage intellectually in a non-territorial manner
  • Previous teaching/TAing experience a plus
  • Excellent writing and editing skills

Any questions regarding the role can be directed to Will Marks at wmarks@law.harvard.edu.

This job will be posted officially soon. If you would like to be informed once it is, and indicate your interest in the position in the meantime, please do so through this form.