School of Social Science Civic Science Fellow
Job Type


Status:  Full Time – 18 months

Position Summary

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is seeking a 2024–25 Civic Science Fellow to explore the impacts of new and emerging science and technology, such as artificial intelligence and genomics, and their implications for society, democracy, and policy. This full-time, 18-month Fellow will be a member of the Science, Technology, and Social Values Lab led by Harold F. Linder Professor Alondra Nelson at IAS. The Fellow will plan seminars and events, will develop resources and reports in support of multidisciplinary research and policy initiatives, and will collaborate with a range of partners.

Please note, the successful candidate will begin this role as soon as possible, with a target start date of mid-March 2024. We encourage you to submit your materials as soon as you are able.

Essential Job Duties

Nelson Science, Technology, and Social Values Lab (75%)

  • Support the AI Policy and Governance Working Group, including planning and coordinating publications, convenings and events that engage with and develop effective communication for a range of audiences, including academia, policymakers, civil society, industry and the public
  • Research and synthesize scholarly literature, especially related to the social implications of artificial intelligence and genomics 
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff across IAS and with diverse partners in the research community, higher education, and civil society
  • Collaborate on research and preparation of manuscripts 
  • Prepare reports and proposals
  • Travel to meetings, seminars and conferences

In Support of the Fellow’s Professional Development (25%)

  • Advance the Fellow’s scholarly experience and professional development
  • co-develop an innovative, collaborative project that deepens the Fellow’s individual interests


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the social sciences, sciences, or humanities 
  • Excellent analytical, planning, and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to draft original correspondence, reports, abstracts, briefings, and similar; and to condense/summarize academic and non-academic research, policy documents, and other material
  • Strong and demonstrated interest in the social, cultural, and political implications of science and technology
  • Capacity to work independently on multiple projects by prioritizing, multi-tasking, and being flexible
  • Sound judgment and discretion when working with sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with Faculty and Staff in an academic and professional setting
  • Ability to work in collaboration with an existing team juggling multiple deadlines and manage a high volume of requests

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in some aspect of the social implications of science and technology (science and technology studies; science, technology, and ethics; science and technology policy; science communication, participatory-based science research, etc.)
  • Extensive research experience
  • Established record of publication
  • Experience in program or project management
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial, and forward-looking thinker, who takes initiative 

The Institute for Advanced Study retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position at any time.

To perform this role successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

At the Institute for Advanced Study’s creation in 1930, the founders wrote: “fundamental in our purpose, and our express desire, [is] that in the appointments to the Staff and Faculty as well as in the admission of workers and students, no account shall be taken, directly or indirectly, of race, religion, or sex.”  We recognize these ideals require continual examination of our culture. Today, we strive to create a community in which all people feel welcomed, respected, and valued.  We seek to address the harmful effects of inequity and discrimination on individual Scholars, Faculty, Staff, and scholarship as a whole.  We affirm equality and embrace our differences as we work to transform principles into action and grow new forms of scholarly community.