CMAC Opportunities

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In addition to our collaborators and associates around the word, we also employ associates, administrative staff, postdoctoral and doctoral fellows, research assistants, and interns in our Boston office. When employment and fellowship opportunities are available with CMAC, they will be listed on this page.


Current Employment Opportunities

Research Associate in Scientific Study of Religion

CMAC is seeking a Research Associate in Scientific Study of Religion to support work on the Modeling Religious Change project. The Research Associate will be responsible for compiling and collecting datasets in demographics and social-psychology of religious change, coordinating data compilation among project teams, training teams in demographic and statistical methods, and advising the team on best practices in demographics and sociology of religion. For the full job description, click here.

Required and Desirable Skills and Qualifications:

  • For postdoctoral researchers: PhD in a suitable social science with experience in formal demographic projection is required; expertise in scientific study of religion or social-psychological dynamics of religious change is preferred.
  • For experienced demographers: an undergraduate degree in a suitable social science (preference for demography, sociology, political science) is required; an advanced degree is preferred; 5-9 years of research experience, with at least 3-5 years of specialized research and analysis, is expected.
  • Required: knowledge of and experience in formal demographic projection methods.
  • Preferred: experience in demographic projection related specifically to religion.
  • Required: strong quantitative skills, including proven ability to conduct data analysis and substantial experience with SPSS, Stata, R, or similar software. Required: familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including multiple regression analysis.
  • Preferred: familiarity with computational simulation and high-dimension datasets.
  • Required: attention to detail and maintaining exacting standards to preserve accuracy and impartiality required. Preferred: demonstrated skills in project development and management.
  • Required: editorial judgement and proven ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely in both written and verbal form.

To apply, email a resume and a list of references to admin@mindandculture.org, along with a
package containing a cover letter, a description of your approach to research, and links to any
materials that you have created or co-created. Review of applications begins February 1, 2020
and continues until a suitable candidate is hired. The Center for Mind and Culture is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.


CMAC Fellowships

Since its founding, CMAC has provided a home for young researchers working on interdisciplinary projects that deepen understanding of human life and generate insights into pressing social problems. This is part of CMAC’s three-fold mission of research, training, and outreach. Fellowships vary in research specialization and funding source but every CMAC fellowship holder has one vital characteristic: they are striving to acquire the skills needed to work in richly diverse research teams across multiple disciplines while deepening their expertise in their home specialization. Training Fellows in the CMAC way produces multi-competent researchers with unusual vision. They pull together ideas and information in novel ways. Insert a seasoned researcher trained with such skills into a room of specialized experts, and the entire group instantly operates more efficiently and collaborates more effectively.

Our training program involves people at varied stages of an academic career:

  • undergraduate work-study students, with placements organized through colleges and universities near our office location in Kenmore Square, Boston;
  • masters-level students on work-training placements organized through colleges and universities near our office;
  • doctoral-level students in the Lindamood Fellowship Program (founded in 2010) – full-year fellowships (through grant-funded CMAC research projects), summer fellowships, and workspace fellowships (where fellows have space in CMAC and participate in the community of research, training, and friendship);
  • postdoctoral fellows working on specialized research projects, typically supported by grant-funded CMAC research projects; and
  • visiting researchers advancing their careers and collaborating with CMAC experts, typically funded by the visiting researcher.

We have offered many fellowships of each kind over the years. Availability of fellowships often depends on active, grant-funded CMAC research projects but some are independent of external funding, such as workspace doctoral fellowships, work-training placements for masters students, and fellowships for visiting researchers coming with their own funding. Please note: we cannot facilitate visas for studying in the USA beyond providing an official CMAC letter stating fellowship arrangements, should a fellowship application be successful.


Current Fellowship Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Fellowships in the form of work-study student placements are available through work-study job boards at Boston University, Simmons University, Harvard, and MIT (applications processed through local universities)
  • Masters Fellowships in the form of work-training placements
  • Lindamood Workspace Fellowships for doctoral students (application required)
  • Visiting Researcher Fellowships for visiting researchers coming with their own funding
  • Funded Doctoral and Postdoctoral fellowships will be announced here when available

To apply, please specify which type of fellowship opportunity you are seeking or the advertisement to which you are responding. If you are applying for a funded fellowship but not responding to an advertisement, please review this site for current opportunities or contact CMAC at admin@mindandculture.org for information.

To apply for CMAC fellowship opportunities, please follow the application instructions in the advertisement and send all corresponding information to admin@mindandculture.org.

For Postdoctoral and Doctoral (full-year and summer) Fellowships, include the following:

» Cover Letter

» Resume or academic CV

» 3 academic reference letters

For Workspace Fellowship opportunities, include the following:

» Cover Letter

» Resume or academic CV

Workspace Fellowships at the Center for Mind and Culture (CMAC) are granted to doctoral students on a semester basis. Due to the fluctuating and limited number of workspaces, students who have been granted a workspace in the past are not guaranteed a workspace and must reapply prior to the start of each semester. While there is no requirement for hours, fellows who do not regularly use their workspaces may be assigned to a shared workspace or receive a lower priority when reapplying for the next semester.

Workspace Fellowship applications are decided on the following timeline:

Summer Semester

  • Applications due by 5/15
  • Decisions made by 5/22
  • Fellowships begin on 6/1

Fall Semester

  • Applications due by 8/14
  • Decisions made by 8/21
  • Fellowships begin on 9/1

Spring Semester

  • Applications due by 12/11
  • Decisions made by 12/18
  • Fellowships begin on 1/4