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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Apply now Job no: 503033
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: School of Law

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

This Fellowship is designed to support an NSF-funded project on the nature of digitally mediated work in the gig economy. The project will use interview, survey and computational methods to understand the risks that platform work entails, the challenges the platform economy poses to various stakeholders, and policies that might ensure that platform-based organizations adopt operational methods that are both equitable and sustainable. The Fellow will join an interdisciplinary team of engineers and social scientists aiming to explore several distinct categories of platform work. The position will require the Fellow to play a central role in the collection and analysis of interview and survey data, aided by graduate research assistants. The Fellow will also participate in the authorship of reports, papers and articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals. A Ph.D. in a relevant field is expected at the time of appointment, in Fall 2020. Review of applications will begin on March 27 and will continue until the position is filled. Northeastern University is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce, and welcomes applications from members of historically excluded groups.

This is a two-year, full-time, benefits-eligible position.


The Fellow will be expected to play a leading role in the collection and analysis of interview and survey data; to help author reports, papers and journal articles using project data; to communicate effectively with NSF program offers and other governmental bodies, and to help maintain ties with community groups and business organizations.


A Ph.D. in a relevant engineering or social science field; evidence of methodological skill; and a record suggestive of the potential for publication productivity.

Preferred Qualifications:

 Demonstrated experience with mixed methods research or computational methods.


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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