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.

The Data Visualization Intern will help create visually engaging and educational graphics as part of our Modeling Religious Change (MRC) project. MRC extends existing social-science methods for conceptualizing and measuring change in religious and non-religious populations by using computer modeling and simulation. The MRC research will be presented online through a user-friendly interface that enables researchers and the general public to explore the datasets, create population forecasts, visualize the difference that new measurement assumptions make, and compare novel and traditional projection methods side by side. The Intern will collaborate with a larger team to design the dashboard, graphics, and other data visualizations that convey the findings of our simulations to general audiences, as well as stakeholders in demography, religious studies, and sociology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with user experience and/or data visualization design
  • Strong experience with Adobe Illustrator, Tableau, and/or other design tools
  • Mastery of design principles and color theory with a passion for data
  • Excellent visual and written communication
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Precise and detail-oriented organization skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

Email us a resume, cover letter, and portfolio pieces to apply.

CMAC is seeking a Web Development Assistant to focus on a web development project using VueJS and an AWS Amplify back-end. The intern will be working under supervision of George Hodulik, CMAC’s CTO. Hours can range between 15-40 hours per week. A candidate pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in CS or an adjacent field will be paid a rate of $15 an hour; a candidate with a Bachelor’s degree in CS or an adjacent field will be paid a rate of $25 an hour. Potential to be rehired for future projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Moderate experience with front-end web development, including HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Experience with a modern JavaScript framework, i.e. VueJS, ReachJS
  • Comfortable with git workflows

Preference will be given to candidates who also have experience with the following technologies:

  • Mobile app development (Android, iOS, mobile-optimized web app, higher preference for iOS)
  • AWS / back-end experience
  • Data Visualization experience, especially with JavaScript libraries

Email us for more information and to apply.

CMAC is seeking a passionate contributor for our Science on Religion blog. Maintained by many over the years, but primarily Dr. Connor Wood recently, Science on Religion is a place for academics in religious studies, theology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and a number of other fields to come together in discussion of religion’s role in current events. The blogger must be an expert in the scientific study of religion (PhD preferred) and have demonstrated writing samples on the topic. Our goal is to connect academics and experts with an everyday audience, so the writer will easily be able to swap technical jargon for accessible language.

Science on Religion has been hosted on Patheos and a WordPress blog for over 10 years, providing a steady and dedicated audience. Of course, we hope that involving a new team member will allow us to invite outside audiences into our conversations. Our expectation is that the blogger will write 1-3 unique and exclusive pieces per month, though exact expectations are open to discussion. Blogs may focus on your current research, how religion is shaping an event in the news, reflections on a book or publication in the field, and more.

Required skills

  • Demonstrated expertise in the scientific study of religion (PhD preferred)
  • Eloquent written communication skills
  • Understanding of modern digital media strategies
  • Familiarity with broad topics and current events as they relate to religion
  • Interest in fostering productive academic and public conversations on complex topics

This is currently an unfunded position, though a great opportunity to engage audiences with your work with the potential of building a platform as a new voice in the field. Email us for more information and 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.

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. Please follow the application instructions in the advertisement and send all corresponding information via email. 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.

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

» CMAC Fellowship Application

» Cover Letter

» Resume or academic CV

» 3 academic reference letters

For Workspace Fellowship opportunities, include the following:

» CMAC-Workspace-Fellowship-Application_form

» 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 accepted on a rolling basis and decided on the following timeline:

Summer Semester

  • Applications due by 5/31
  • Decisions made by 6/7
  • Fellowships begin on or before 6/15

Fall Semester

  • Applications due by 9/30
  • Decisions made by 10/7
  • Fellowships begin on or before 10/15

Spring Semester

  • Applications due by 1/31
  • Decisions made by 2/7
  • Fellowships begin on or before 2/15