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[GIG] Work With Jonathan Zittrain as a Research Associate


We are looking for a full-time research associate to work with Jonathan Zittrain and to join the Berkman ranks!  The research associate will engage with a variety of projects and classes, and will have the opportunity to immerse in cyberlaw and Internet topics.  The position is in Cambridge, MA for a period of one year, beginning no sooner than June 1, 2013.

We’re looking for a rockstar either just graduated from school or between jobs who is ready to expand his or her horizons.  Is it you?  Someone you know?

More information about the position and the application process is below and at

All best,

Research Associate

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThis position requires, primarily, the ability to absorb large amounts of written and other media materials from various sources (including but not restricted to: original sources, scholarly articles, news articles/blogs, interviews, databases) in a short amount of time, critically analyze that material and render it back. This rendering could take the form of prep materials for panels, conferences and presentations; article outlines; fact checking materials; original article or paper drafts; slide decks or other digested forms. The research assistant should also be prepared to help prepare materials for class sessions and syllabi, lead discussions and work with project managers to accomplish research-related goals.

Research is largely self-directed with little outside guidance beyond broad outlines and themes (though occasional targeted research assignment for a specific fact or image can be expected), so the ability to quickly critically appraise sources and identify interesting, relevant and original paths is essential. Wide-ranging interests and the ability to work on almost any issue or topic that arises is a plus, as is an ability to ramp up quickly on unfamiliar fields or topic areas. Excellent writing and editorial skills with an attention to detail are also required.

This job is an ideal opportunity for those interested in future graduate school or law school studies, whether currently admitted or still applying to such programs.

Over the course of the year, a motivated individual will sharpen and focus his or her research agenda and make valuable contributions to the field of cyberlaw and beyond, while being exposed to leaders in academia, industry, and government. A research associate in this position will work very closely with Professor Jonathan Zittrain and his team, assisting in a variety of research areas, e.g. ubiquitous human computing, mesh networks, and Internet access.

The position will not start before June 1, 2013. As with all Berkman staff positions, this is a term position, ending June 30, 2014.

Basic Qualifications

BA or BS degree.

Additional Qualifications

Previous teaching/TAing experience a plus. Previous formal experience in cyberlaw is not required, but a strongly developed interest in cyberlaw, the Internet, technology and policy is highly recommended.

Additional Information 

About Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. More about Professor Zittrain at:


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society. More information can be found at

Commitment to Diversity

The work and well-being of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We actively seek and welcome applications from diverse candidates, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.

To Apply

More information and the official Harvard Human Resource position listing can be found online, and applications must be submitted through the official Harvard channels described at the listing: