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 Opportunities

Computational Simulation Scientist

Applying computational and data-science methods to fundamental research questions in cognitive neuroscience is vital for deepening human self-understanding. While some invent the next great widget and others figure out how to sell it faster and cheaper, CMAC is committed to working with talented researchers who want to apply their skill sets to the dual challenge of understanding the human condition and promoting human good.

This term-limited position is funded by a research grant on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Religion. A central task of this position is computational simulation of the REM-Theta system, its involvement in creating supernatural-agent cognitions, its disruption in neuropsychiatric disorders, and its entanglement in interpersonal and cultural dynamics. A small collaborative research group will coordinate activities and build models, drawing on subject-matter experts as needed.

The successful candidate will be expert in computational modeling and simulation using both system-dynamics and agent-based models. Neural modeling expertise is helpful but not required for this position as the modeling occurs at the relatively high level of neural systems and associated cognitions and behaviors. Other requirements are statistical data analysis, participation in online study design and execution, documenting procedures, participation in team meetings, presenting findings at workshops and conferences, and writing up results for publication.

The position may be done remotely or in Boston and will begin as soon as April 1, 2022.

Minimum qualifications

  • Expert-level abilities in computational modeling and simulation using both system-dynamics and agent-based models
  • Proficiency interpreting a variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and dealing with abstract and concrete variables
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governing body regulations
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Strong organizational and communication skills in English, with a proven ability to provide timely, accurate information on a variety of academically oriented subjects to both internal and external constituents
  • Ability to handle a diversity of details in order to make informed and responsive decisions

Education and experience

The successful candidate may be from one of the following backgrounds.

  • A computational social scientist with a doctorate in psychology, neuroscience, religious studies, data science, or related fields
  • Someone with a doctorate related to computational simulation who wants to apply those established skills to the cognitive neuroscience of religion
  • Someone without the PhD but expert in computational simulation and data science, with an interest in cognitive neuroscience of religion
  • Someone with equivalent industry experience consistent with the work required

Please send us an email with a resume, cover letter, list of references, and links to any materials you have created or co-created.

Grants and Finance Manager

CMAC is currently seeking a Grants and Finance Manager, a key member of our small administrative team. As part of project management, the Grants and Finance Manager will also be involved in project communications, like research reports and fact sheets. Successful candidates will be able to multi-task effectively and to oversee a dynamic, diverse team. Applicants should have a passion for research, an interest in working in a scholarly environment, and a capacity to understand and communicate the value of CMAC research to the wider community.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • A minimum of two years of experience in non-profits, preferably with pre- and post-award
  • Knowledge of accounting principles as they relate to grant management
  • Experience with NIH, NSF, DOD, or similar US government grants is highly preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to think logically and analytically
  • Must be a team player who coordinates well with others and maintains a positive attitude
  • Ability to work under pressure, produce results in a timely manner, and manage multiple tasks independently
  • Willingness to think critically about information systems and develop solutions to problems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite required; QuickBooks, and payroll software preferred

Please send us an email with a resume and cover letter to apply.

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.

By providing a platform through which emerging scholars can land grant funding to build out their research portfolio, CMAC is taking a bold step in support of the future of multidisciplinary research. Collaborations with other CMAC fellows are already emerging, and I look forward to pursuing more funding opportunities to realize their potential in the new year.

Lawrence Whitney, Postdoctoral Fellow

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) – fellowships offered for one semester or two semesters (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, Boston College, 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 for more information.

To apply for CMAC fellowship opportunities, please follow the application instructions in the advertisement and send all corresponding information via email.

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