Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
This research associateship requires, primarily, 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. The Research Coordinator should also be prepared to 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.
Research is largely self-directed with little outside guidance beyond broad outlines and themes (though occasional targeted research assignments can be expected), so the ability to quickly identify interesting, relevant, and original paths for research and writing is essential. Candidates should ideally have wide ranging interests and the ability to work on almost any issue or topic that arises, as well as the ability to quickly develop expertise around unfamiliar material. Excellent writing and editorial skills with an attention to detail are required.
In addition to these core research duties, the Research Coordinator will be expected to 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.
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 Jonathan Zittrain and his team, assisting in a variety of research areas, e.g. artificial intelligence, intermediary liability, and disinformation. This job is an ideal opportunity for those interested in future graduate school or law school studies, whether currently admitted or still applying to such programs.
Organization: The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is dedicated to exploring, understanding, and shaping the development of the digitally-networked environment. A diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, technologists, policy experts, and advocates, we seek to tackle the most important challenges of the digital age while keeping focus on tangible real-world impact in the public interest. Our faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates conduct research, build tools and platforms, educate others, form bridges and facilitate dialogue across and among diverse communities. More information at cyber.harvard.edu.
Commitment to Diversity: The work and well-being of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society are profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, ability, and much more. We actively seek and welcome people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.
This is a term position currently expected to extend through June 30, 2021 contingent upon funding and departmental needs.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's degree and 3 or more years of experience in research, administration or related field.
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
Ability to absorb large amounts of material quickly
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
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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 51420BR
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