NECSI Positions

Call for Researchers and Staff Members

The New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) is an independent educational and research institution dedicated to advancing the study of complex systems. For more information about us, please see About NECSI.

NECSI is seeking candidates for the following positions:

Positions at the New England Complex Systems Institute are part of a team of first-class researchers and staff who contribute to NECSI research while advancing their personal careers and interests. Positions vary according to academic background, autonomy, on-site or remote location, and focus.

Candidates should be prepared to contribute to NECSI's current research using complex systems to address social and economic challenges, including:

  • Crises in food commodity and financial markets,
  • Conflicts, revolutions, and ethnic violence,
  • International development,
  • Organization of systems for education, military conflict, and healthcare.

Members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral and Student Researcher

Our social systems are going through incredible change. A new era of communication and transportation is enabling collective actions at unprecedented scales. The world is becoming increasingly connected and at the same time more heterogeneous. The challenges are great and the tools we have historically used to think and act within societies are no longer working.

At NECSI we develop scientific frameworks for understanding societies at the global scale. Our research leads to new methods for solving the world's most important and far-reaching challenges. If you would like to be part of creating the tools to quantitively understand the structure and dynamics of socio-economic-technical systems, please be in touch with us. Together we will design new ways to effectively intervene through actions and policies without unintended consequences.

What we offer:

Postdoctoral and predoctoral researchers work closely with NECSI faculty to conduct core NECSI research. These positions provide an opportunity to:

  • gain research experience with expert guidance in many domains;
  • earn authorship credit;
  • participate in seminars, lectures, and conferences;
  • and be part of a stimulating workplace environment of discussion, learning, and debate.

Researchers sometimes but not always join NECSI to lead a specific project. All NECSI researchers are involved in multiple research programs.


  • For student researchers, a post-secondary degree and outstanding academic record in a relevant field.
  • For postdocs, a Ph.D. (or expected Ph.D. by time of employment) and outstanding academic record in a relevant field.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Interest in multi-disciplinary research, especially in domains of current NECSI activity.

Please apply using our online application form.

Science Writer

This position is not currently open, but we are accepting applications on a rolling basis for periodic review.

NECSI seeks a science writer able to follow concept-rich scientific material; write clear, concise prose explaining key ideas; edit, revise, and proofread written materials for popular audiences; and compose written content for scholarly papers, the NECSI Web site, and newsletters. The position also involves administrative tasks, correspondence with colleagues and affiliates, and assisting with research projects. This is a full-time position.

Applicants should be reliable, versatile, self-motivated, and willing to challenge themselves. The right candidate will be able to write in a variety of styles and possess strong research abilities. Technical computer skills, especially with Macs, Web site maintenance, and publishing software is desirable. Applicants should have an interest in influencing policy and making a positive social change. A science background is a plus.

NECSI provides its employees with a unique working environment that can allow the right candidate to develop a broad skill set.

Applicants should e-mail cover letters, resumes, and references to with the subject "Science Writer".

Please contact with any questions.

NECSI is an equal opportunity employer.



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