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

Request for Proposal: Simulation Engine Development and Engineering

The recent SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has underscored how critical effectively representing and
understanding complex systems is for sustaining healthy societies. Modeling and Simulation (M&S) is
one of the preferred methods to study complexity, including complex adaptive social systems. Two
challenges associated with the study of complexity using M&S are:

  • representing large-scale complex phenomena such that all necessary entities, relationships, and interactions are captured [the scaling problem]; and
  • visualizing and interacting with computational simulations to deepen understanding of their dynamics and meaning [the interpretation problem].

CMAC is seeking new approaches, frameworks, and technical solutions to address the scaling and interpretation problems, in relation to complex human systems at a global scale. The solution should be generalizable to all types of complex systems, including systems with cognitively plausible and behaviorally realistic AI agents. The solution should not be limited by a specific modeling paradigm. The solution should be scalable in resolution and scope, and should support direct or indirect transfer of existing models.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020
Period of Performance: 3 Years
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2020

Funding Instrument: CMAC-Originated contract, maximum 15% indirect costs
Award Budget: $230,000.00, inclusive of indirect costs
Award Project Period: 3 Years

All applications must be submitted electronically to admin@mindandculture.org. Required application
materials include a cover letter, proposal narrative, and budget.

See the full RFP below for full details:


Request for Proposal: Strategic Communications

Effectively communicating large and intricate scientific research projects to the general public and relevant stakeholders is a challenge that the scientific community is still struggling to meet. Although large research grants often yield groundbreaking findings, members of the general public rarely find out about them and, when they do stumble across a fascinating project, they have trouble understanding and tracing the evolution of a project. This breeds trust problems with many negative downstream consequences for the ability of scientific research to contribute to a healthy society.

Furthermore, talented younger scholars who would benefit from project findings as they pursue work in novel directions cannot easily interact with the project team to identify important connections and gaps worthy of future research attention. This leads to reinventing the wheel and slowing the advance of scientific understanding. Connected to this is the difficulty that scientific research is often born balkanized in university silos even when it would benefit from diverse disciplinary contributions. Communicating across disciplinary boundaries is critical to overcome artificial distinctions between university departments that interfere with scientific progress.

These communication difficulties can be attributed largely to the facts that:

  1. scientists are not trained in communication and have to rely on universities to identify key findings that are relevant to the public;
  2. scientists are incentivized to publish in scientific peer-reviewed outlets;
  3. scientists are not aware of how to use mass media and new outlets (social media, podcasts, etc.) to engage the public in their research; and
  4. scientists typically have little experience communicating with researchers outside their home field of expertise.

The Center for Mind and Culture is seeking new approaches, frameworks, and technical solutions to help guide effective communication of its projects. The vendor’s solution should be generalizable to all projects and not tied to a specific type of project or partnership. The solution should be an end-to-end process that addresses all stakeholders impacted by the project. The solution should also address inclusion and accessibility at all levels of communication.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020
Period of Performance: 3 Years
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2020

Funding Instrument: CMAC-Originated contract, maximum 15% indirect costs
Award Budget: $155,000.00, inclusive of indirect costs
Award Project Period: 3 Years

All applications must be submitted electronically to admin@mindandculture.org. Required application
materials include a cover letter, proposal narrative, and budget.

See the full RFP below for details:


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