Job Opportunities

 

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Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher for OpenDP

The OpenDP project seeks to hire 1-2 scientists to work with faculty directors Gary King and Salil Vadhan and the OpenDP Community to formulate and advance the scientific goals of OpenDP and solve research problems that are needed for its success. Candidates should have a graduate-level degree (preferably a PhD), familiarity with differential privacy, and one or both of the following:

  • Experience with implementing software for data science, privacy, and/or security, and an interest in working with software engineers to develop the OpenDP codebase.
  • Experience with applied statistics, and an interest in working with domain scientists to apply OpenDP software to data-sharing problems in their field. 

The successful candidate(s) will be hired into a Harvard research appointment appropriate to their education and experience, with possibilities including Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Associate, Research Scientist, and Senior Research Scientist. They will be free to spend 50% of their time on independent research projects of their choosing.

OpenDP Community Manager

OpenDP is an open-source initiative for building libraries, tools, and systems to access and analyze sensitive data using differential privacy. Our open-source community is getting started but growing fast. The OpenDP community manager will assist the principal investigators, the Data Privacy architect and scientist, the program director, and the software development team in activities related to community outreach, engagement, governance, diversity, and inclusion.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Plan and execute strategies to grow a diverse, inclusive open-source community, measuring, improving and reporting on metrics about diversity, equity and inclusion in the OpenDP community
  2. Engage with stakeholders in the differential privacy community as well as the larger data science communities; manage communication and outreach on a regular basis over a variety of channels, such as website, email, mailing list, Github repos, GitHub Discussions, Slack, Twitter, etc.
  3. Implement and manage the onboarding process for new community members and contributors to the OpenDP project
  4. Assist with developing and communicating the processes for contribution and vetting
  5. Organize and manage OpenDP GitHub repos and issues; review and update existing GitHub issues for clarity and contributor-friendliness
  6. Review, prioritize, and track user requests and feedback via a variety of channels as mentioned above; assist with outreach to potential new users of the OpenDP software
  7. Organize and manage working groups addressing specific goals and tasks
  8. Organize virtual and in-person events for the community, such as community meetings, workshops and webinars
  9. Assist with roadmap planning by advocating for community needs
  10. Guide OpenDP developers, stakeholders, and community members in documenting user stories, technical specifications, and contributor and user guides
  11. Curate resources for community learning and training, in both differential privacy and the specifics of OpenDP

 

Qualifications:

  1. Technical background, with 2+ years of experience in software development, using GitHub, and in particular 1+ year with open source projects
  2. Familiarity with differential privacy
  3. Strong interest in engaging with open source communities
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills and empathy, valuing diversity and working with communities

How to Apply

A complete application should include:
a) A cover letter
b) A curriculum vitae
c) A two-to-four page statement of purpose, discussing both past accomplishments and current and future areas of interest
d) Links to at most three research papers or software products
e) Letters from two to three references
Applicants should email items (a)-(d) to privacytools-info@seas.harvard.edu using “OpenDP Scientific Staff" as the title of the email and have their references email the letters to privacytools-info@seas.harvard.edu.

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  

https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10731

OpenDP is dedicated to building a  diverse community that is welcoming for everyone, regardless of disability, gender identity and expression, physical appearance, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  In particular, we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for our open positions.