The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is seeking candidates for the role of Research Assistant to Belfer Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter & The Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project. The Belfer Center is the hub for Harvard University's research, teaching, and training in international affairs, security, and technology. In 2018, it was ranked the world's #1 university-affiliated think-tank for the sixth year in a row.
The Research Assistant will support Secretary Carter, both is his capacity as the Director of the Belfer Center and the Director of the TAPP Project. Duties will include conducting in-depth research on topics such as the role of technology in changing global affairs & U.S. society, particularly looking at emerging technologies' impact within three areas: (1) digital technologies, such as social media platforms, artificial intelligence, internet of things, and more; (2) biotechnologies; and (3) future of work. Additionally, this position will cover research for a range of major international security issues.
The Research Assistant works closely with other members of a small research team and develops research products, including memos, reports, and background materials; coordinates events; serves as one of the team's primary sources of information on the latest issues and dialogue related to technology and public purpose; and performs other related job duties as required.
Please include with your application:
Cover letter of 300 words or less
Official or unofficial transcript from undergraduate and graduate institution
Analytic writing sample of 20 pages or less (focus on technology is preferred)
Names and contact information for three references This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire, with possibility of renewal. We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens.We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice. Harvard Kennedy School's Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and BelongingAt Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership—because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.Learn more about Harvard Kennedy School's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Harvard offers a generous benefits package including: