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Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher for OpenDP

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Area of study
Computer Science

The OpenDP project ( seeks to hire 1-2 scientists to work with faculty directors Gary King and Salil Vadhan and the OpenDP Community to formulate and advance the scientific goals of OpenDP and solve research problems that are needed for its success.  Candidates should have a graduate-level degree (preferably a PhD), familiarity with differential privacy, and one or both of the following:

                • Experience with implementing software for data science, privacy, and/or security, and an interest in working with software engineers to develop the OpenDP codebase.

                • Experience with applied statistics, and an interest in working with domain scientists to apply OpenDP software to data-sharing problems in their field. (In particular, we are looking for a researcher to engage on an immediate project on Covid-19 and mobility and epidemiology. See for more details.)

The successful candidate(s) will be hired into a Harvard research appointment appropriate to their education and experience, with possibilities including Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Associate, Research Scientist, and Senior Research Scientist.  They will be free to spend 50% of their time on independent research projects of their choosing.

OpenDP is dedicated to building a  diverse community that is welcoming for everyone, regardless of disability, gender identity and expression, physical appearance, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  In particular, we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for our open positions.

Harvard University is 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.


How to Apply

A complete application should include:
a) A cover letter
b) A curriculum vitae
c) A two-to-four page statement of purpose, discussing both past accomplishments and current and future areas of interest
d) Links to at most three research papers or software products
e) Letters from two to three references
Applicants should email items (a)-(d) to using “OpenDP Scientific Staff" as the title of the email and have their references email the letters to

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting September 15, until the positions are filled, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.