Work With Us
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.
Computational Research Fellowship
A range of experience levels will be considered for the Computational Research Fellow. The fellow will focus on one to two different projects, depending on their expertise and interests. The projects available to the fellow include (1) Suicidal AI: fellow will research current theory on suicide and incorporate into a simulated agent, (2) Natural Language Processing / Machine Learning on Religious Experiences: fellow will continue a project employing ML to classify textual descriptions of religious experiences, and (3) Multi-user data analytics server: fellow will help develop a web platform for a variety of users to perform data analytics. Scope of work and specific tasks are varied and may be tailored to the interests and experience of applicants.
Fellow will be working under guidance and supervision of an experienced mentor. Fellowships may be available for academic credit or pay. Successful applicants who are pursuing a Master’s degree will be paid a rate of $20 an hour (those not in graduate school have a rate of $15 an hour). The fellowship start time is negotiable and may run through the end of August.
- Strong interest and ability in learning about topics in social science and computer science
- Demonstrated high comfort level with coding and learning new coding concepts (e.g. minor or major in Computer Science/CS-adjacent or personal projects)
- Experience with version control (e.g. git)
- Strong interest in at least one of the following topics: computational modeling, data analytics, or machine learning
- Ability to work independently and troubleshoot problems
- Enjoyment of self-directed learning
- Bachelor’s degree
- Bachelor’s degree with concentration in at least one of the following areas
- Computer Science or Computer Science adjacent
- Social science such as psychology, religion, public health, or economics
- Moderate experience in at least one of the following computer technologies: Java, Python, PHP, or Linux basics
Please email us a resume and cover letter to apply to any of the positions listed below.
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) – 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:
- Applications due by 5/15
- Decisions made by 5/22
- Fellowships begin on 6/1
- Applications due by 8/14
- Decisions made by 8/21
- Fellowships begin on 9/1
- Applications due by 12/11
- Decisions made by 12/18
- Fellowships begin on 1/4