Open Positions in the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data Project
We are looking for people to join us in this project, in all its aspects (computer science, law, statistics, social science, policy, education). Below are some of the positions available, with instructions on how to apply. For general information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or one of the PIs.
Call for Summer Interns
Spend Summer 2015 at Harvard performing cutting-edge research on data privacy. The Privacy Tools Project (http://privacytools.seas.harvard.edu/) is looking for summer students in Computer Science, Statistics, Government, Mathematics, Law, and Social Sciences with Quantitative Experience, particularly those with an interest in learning about or working on Data Privacy.
We are working on ways for scientists to share research data for producing replicable, open science, without compromising the privacy of the individual research subjects whose data is used. Students last summer wrote or contributed to publishable research papers in this fast-moving field, and we expect the same this year. The work across the different projects includes elements such as:
· Theory: proving mathematical theorems about what is achievable in the framework of “differential privacy,” which is a very active area of research in theoretical computer science and other fields,
· Experimental algorithms: implementing, optimizing, and testing algorithms that perform useful data analysis tasks and satisfy “differential privacy” or other privacy metrics,
· Empirical research: surveying social science datasets and analysis methods to determine the fit with different privacy technologies,
· Software development: including for statistics, user interfaces, and data visualization.
· Programming languages and computer security: design and implement programming language tools to ensure differential privacy and combine it with other computer security models.
· Law: develop legal instruments and policy recommendations that complement new privacy-preserving technologies.
· Interdisciplinary interaction: collaborating with computer scientists, social scientists, lawyers, and statisticians.
Useful background includes any of the following:
· Theoretical computer science, especially algorithms
· Data science, e.g. statistics and/or machine learning
· Quantitative analysis of social science data, especially regression ("least squares", or OLS)
· User interfaces and user experience testing
· Programming language design and implementation
· Law, especially privacy law
Other Research Opportunities:
Prospective summer law interns: The Berkman Center is looking for law students to help the Privacy Tools project research data privacy issues this summer. Successful applicants will participate in the Berkman Center's full time, 10-week summer internship program. Applications are due by Monday, February 16, 2015. For more information: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships_summer.
Prospective research fellows in law and policy: search for Auto Req ID# 28496BR in Harvard's recruitment management system. Applicants should have a JD or equivalent law degree and 1-3 years experience in legal practice or academia working with Internet and privacy law matters. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.
Prospective postdoctoral fellows or visiting scholars in computer science, statistics, or other mathematical/scientific disciplines: should apply to the Center for Research on Computation and Society and indicate interest in the project in their application. Off-cycle applicants can email email@example.com for more information.
Prospective graduate students: should apply to one of the relevant departments (computer science/SEAS, government, statistics, or law), and mention the corresponding PIs and their interest in the project in their application.
Prospective summer REU students (undergraduates from outside Harvard): should apply to the SEAS REU site.
Currrent Harvard law students: can apply for an internship at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships/dataprivacy
Other people already at Harvard: email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get involved.