DLI Postdoctoral Fellowships 

Applications for this position are currently closed. Please check back in December 2021 to view open positions for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Digital Life Initiative (DLI) invites applications for its 2021 postdoctoral research fellowship supporting research in ethics, politics, and quality of life in digital societies, on topical issues such as algorithmic decision systems, bias and unfair discrimination, privacy, AI and ethics, and civil society. We welcome applicants from wide-ranging disciplines -- computer and information sciences, law, philosophy, data science, media studies, public policy, and social sciences. For one of the positions, demonstrated interest in contextual integrity is a plus. 
Fellows join a dynamic research community from the US and around the globe, and are encouraged to collaborate with DLI affiliated faculty: Helen Nissenbaum (Faculty Director), Deborah Estrin, James Grimmelmann, Karen Levy, Vitaly Shmatikov, and others, as well as other Cornell Tech faculty. Beyond Cornell Tech, New York City offers unprecedented opportunities to engage with colleagues and institutions.
Who Should Apply?

Eligible candidates will have received their PhD within the past four years. JDs, JSDs, LLMs, and MDs are also eligible. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable depending on fit and available funding.
Fellows are expected to reside in the New York City area and participate actively in the intellectual life of Cornell Tech and the Digital Life Initiative. In addition to pursuing research, Fellows play a crucial role in enriching the DLI with workshops, conferences, and seminars; contributing to the DLI Critical Reflections publication, and presenting their work at the DLI Seminar and other public and internal forums. There may also be teaching opportunities. Particulars will be determined by mutual agreement. 


This position is structured as a postdoctoral associate position. Salary is commensurate with experience and a generous Cornell University benefits package will be provided. Likely start date will coincide with the start of AY 2021, but a different date could be negotiated.
About the Digital Life Initiative

Embedded within the progressive teaching mission of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City, the Digital Life Initiative was launched in 2017 to analyze the societal tensions arising from existing and emergent digital technologies. Inspired by the core values of justice, democracy, privacy, responsibility, security, and freedom, we support collaborative research projects that explore ethics, policy, politics and quality of life within prevailing socio-technical systems. Cornell Tech and the Digital Life Initiative offer unique contexts for close interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly those bridging the technical and the non-technical. To learn more, visit Cornell Tech website >

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage.  We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Application Instructions
Positions are set to begin on August 20, 2021. Applications will be evaluated starting Friday, January 15, 2021, and reviewed until positions are filled. To apply, please submit your information via our online form, including the following materials:

1.      A cover letter explaining your research interests and how your work connects to the Digital Life Initiative.
2.      A current curriculum vitae.
3.      Two publications or substantial drafts of journal articles, essays, or the equivalent.
4.      Names and contact information for three recommenders.
Applicants who have not yet received a PhD should request a letter from their dissertation chairs confirming that the degree will be in hand before the beginning of the Fellowship term.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Jessie at jgt43@cornell.edu