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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Apply now Job no: 508385
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Science

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:

The CoMMLab ( at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate in the area of networked justice and open source software development. The Postdoctoral Associate will join a team of scientists working to diversify participation by women, trans, and nonbinary people in Network Science, including using and developing code to contribute to the igraph open source network analysis software package. 



Primary responsibilities will include conducting research on equity in computing with particular emphasis on gender; developing training and development materials for Network Science learners; helping junior scientists contribute to igraph; mentoring women, trans, and nonbinary scientists; and contributing to scholarship about networked inequality. Postdoctoral Associates will be integrated into the vibrant intellectual community of the Institute, including ample opportunities for scientific collaborations, grant proposals, graduate student training/ advising, workshops, and more.  The successful candidate is expected to be an active member of our community, by  participating in scientific talks, workshops, conferences, and engaging with our doctoral trainees.




Requirements for the position include a PhD in computational social science, computer science, or a related field. Strong communication skills, teaching/mentoring experience, and experience with programming in C are essential. Successful candidates will have a record of outstanding academic achievement, a demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM, and a record of scholarly publications and/or demonstrated public impact through research. Experience with project management, STEM education, and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training are a plus.

This fully funded position is renewable for up to two years pending satisfactory performance. Starting date is negotiable, beginning as early as Oct 2021. Successful candidates should plan to relocate to Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA, although the position may start remotely if needed. Compensation is competitive and includes benefits. Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Candidates who can contribute to the project’s mission to broaden participation in Network Science by women, trans, and nonbinary people are especially encouraged to apply.

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Additional Information:

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your scholarly qualifications and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (1-2 pages); CV with pointers to your open source code (GitHub, etc.); and the names and contact information for 2 references to with Postdoctoral Application in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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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