We are an interdisciplinary team of faculty researchers seeking two part-time Research Assistants for the period of July 1 – August 31, with the possibility of continued work through the Fall 2017 semester.

As recipients of an inaugural Catalyst Grant from Columbia University’s School of Arts and Sciences, our team is looking for two (2) doctoral or advanced master’s students to conduct a literature review and related background research for our project, “A Safer Online Public Square.” Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, we are specifically seeking: one Research Assistant with a background in statistics, computer science or a related field; one Research Assistant with a background in social science or the humanities. In both instances, the successful candidates will be organized, independent workers with an articulated interest in issues related to online behavior.

In addition to compensation commensurate with experience and effort, the Research Assistant will have the opportunity to work closely with the diverse faculty involved in the project, through regular meetings and written feedback. If there is mutual interest, this position may be extended into the second phase of the project in the Fall of 2017, which will include events with both academics and industry, as well as the development of a larger research plan.


The Research Assistant will be expected to work independently over the course of the summer, identifying and reading relevant publications across multiple disciplines and summarizing significant discussion of technological challenges, current industry initiatives, the societal impact of  bullying and hate speech online and the parameters of the public square. Each week, the Research Assistant will be expected to provide a brief written summary of their activities and findings in addition to a 1-hour meeting with rotating members of the faculty team who will provide feedback and guidance.

Application Materials

To be considered for this position, all applicants must submit the following:

+ a current CV

+ a brief (1-page) cover letter, describing your background and interest in online speech issues

+ a letter or email from your academic advisor or DGS, indicating their support for your participation in this project

+ (optional) a letter of recommendation

Applications should be submitted here: http://bit.ly/2t4UCzL  Please note that this link is for CU-Affiliates only. We are currently working on a solution for non-CU applicants. Interested non-CU affiliated doctoral or advanced master’s students in the NYC area should contact Susan McGregor.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; both positions are open until filled.