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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Electrical Engineering
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 03/01/2021
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Title Postdoctoral Fellowship in Electrical Engineering
School Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department/Area Electrical Engineering
Position Description

This position is for a Postdoctoral Scholar position. Applicants will broadly work on algorithmic fairness in healthcare under the supervision of Prof. Flavio Calmon at Harvard SEAS and Prof. Berk Ustun at UCSD. There is flexibility to work on theory or method development related to topics like the fairness in personalization, the use of protected attributes. This is a joint appointment between UCSD and Harvard.

This is a joint postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard and UCSD with a lot of flexibility. You may choose to reside in Boston or San Diego, or split your time between the cities (e.g., spend the academic year in San Diego and the summers in Boston). The earliest start date is September 2021, though a later start is fine. The position is funded for two years, with a potential extension for a third year. The baseline salary for this position is 60k.

We will review applications starting on March 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted after this deadline until the position is filled. Please see application details in the following link:

About Us
Flavio Calmon is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Before joining Harvard, he was the inaugural data science for social good post-doctoral fellow at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His main research interests are information theory, inference, and statistics, with applications to fairness, privacy, machine learning, and communications engineering. Prof. Calmon has received the NSF CAREER award, the Google Research Faculty Award, the Amazon Research Award, the IBM Open Collaborative Research Award, Harvard’s Lemann Brazil Research Fund Award, and a Harvard Commendation for “Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times” for his undergraduate signal processing course. For more information, please visit:

Berk Ustun is an incoming Assistant Professor at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego. His research lies at the intersection of machine learning, optimization, and human-centered design. Specifically, he is interested in developing methods to promote the adoption and responsible use of machine learning in medicine, consumer finance, and criminal justice. Prior to his appointment at UCSD, Ustun held research positions at Google AI and the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard. He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an MS in Computation for Design and Optimization from MIT, and BS degrees in Operations Research and Economics from UC Berkeley. For more information, please visit

Basic Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, Bioinformatics (or a related discipline) or be confident of its completion by the time of the start of this position. Preferred to have experience in machine learning, an interest in algorithmic fairness, and expertise in at least one of the following areas: optimization, statistics, causal inference, and information theory. Prior experience in healthcare is preferred, as is an ability to code in Python. Candidate with a commitment to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic setting are preferred.

Additional Qualifications

We are looking for applicants with demonstrably strong research skills, ideally, with publications in top venues in machine learning and data mining. Research experience in reinforcement learning and/or interpretable and fair ML is strongly preferred.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Required application documents include a Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. , Cover Letter, Statement of Research, Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity and Copies of a minimum of 2 Publications

Candidates are also required to submit the names and contact information for at least three and up to five references, and the application is complete only when three letters have been submitted.

We encourage candidates to apply by March 15, 2020, but will continue to review applications until the positions are filled.

Contact Information

Annalee Mendez

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We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

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