Position Summary: 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 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 Technology and Public Purpose (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; (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; and performs other related job duties as required.
Research, analyze, draft, and edit a variety of written products (i.e. memos, papers, and reports) related to leading issues in the technology sector, government policy and legislation, and the financial industry
Track current developments in the technology sector with a specific focus on public purpose dimensions including, but not limited to, privacy, competiveness, support for innovation, bias, freedom of speech, and others
Brief a former cabinet-level official frequently on issues related to technology and public purpose, as well as other national security topics
Organize high-level events between tech industry leaders, Harvard faculty, and the broader Boston community
Additional Information: This is a benefits eligible term appointment through June 30, 2020, with possibility of renewal.
To Apply: All applicants must submit their resume and cover letter through the Harvard employment website at hr.harvard.edu/jobs.
Please upload the following materials in a single pdf by June 14, 2019.
(1) Cover letter of 300 words or less (2) One-page résumé (3) Official or unofficial transcript from undergraduate and graduate institution (4) Analytic writing sample of 20 pages or less (focus on technology is preferred) (5) Names and contact information for three references
TAPP Project Description: Technologicalchange has brought immeasurable benefits to billions through improved health, productivity, andconvenience. Yet as recenteventshave shown, unlesswe actively manage their risks to society, new technologies may also bring unforeseen destructive consequences. Making technological change positive for all is the critical challenge of our time. We ourselves - not only the logic of discovery and market forces - must manage it. To create a future where technology serves humanity as a whole, we need a new approach. To this end, Harvard Kennedy School'sBelfer Center for Science and International Affairs has launched a new endeavor, theTechnology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project. Led by Belfer Center Director, MIT Innovation Fellow, and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good. Much as the reforms of the Progressive movement softened the edges of the farm-to-factory migration a century ago, we aim to create a set of conditions that leaven today's technological change across three domains: digital, biotech, and the future of work. TAPP leverages a network of experts from Harvard University, MIT, and Stanford, along with leaders in technology, government, and business to work on the following priorities: Responsible Innovation – Collaborating with innovators and entrepreneurs on the responsible development and commercialization of emerging technologies. Tech Policy – Equipping policymakers with the trainings and tools needed to productively engage with emerging tech issues. Global Governance – Advancing international efforts to develop frameworks and best practices for governing high-risk technologies Generation Next – Training and inspiring a new generation of technology leaders to make advancing public purpose a part of their life calling.
Harvard Kennedy School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity. Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's Degree and at least two years of related work experience is required (internships will count toward experience).
Exceptional analytical, research, and writing skills;
Demonstrated ability to coordinate complex tasks/events with minimal supervision and under tight deadlines.
Ability to synthesize large quantities of information into concise memos, reports and briefs
Self-starter with keen attention to detail
Team player who is willing to work on areas outside of their typical portfolio
Significant knowledge of, and demonstrated interest in emerging technologies and their ethical considerations;
Experience in the technology policy sector is preferred.
Candidates with a research background on the role emerging technologies in policymaking and/or regulation are encouraged to apply, although experience with this topic is not a requirement.
Experience with event planning for high-level official.
A master's degree in a relevant field is preferred, though we will consider candidates who have a bachelor's degree with extraordinary academic or professional credentials.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49143BR
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