Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Constructive Communication

Job Description

MIT’s Center for Constructive Communication (CCC)’s mission is to design human-machine systems that improve communication across divides and increase opportunity for underheard communities to make their voices heard on important issues that affect their everyday lives. To date, CCC has brought together researchers and practitioners from computer science, social science, design, and other domains to analyze political discourse on Twitter and Talk Radio; design and deploy randomized experiments to promote healthier conversations on social media; develop machine learning models and other algorithms to infer and analyze narrative structures across text, audio, and video corpora; and partner with community organizations in Boston to help cultivate small-scale, technology-mediated networks for listening and learning.

CCC is looking for a postdoctoral associate to start in Summer 2022.  The postdoc will have an opportunity to further develop their research agenda and publication track record, both by contributing to projects like those highlighted above, but also, by scoping and pursuing new research projects that align with CCC’s mission.  The ideal candidate will have expertise in at least one of the following areas, and ideally, an intersection of them: machine learning, natural language processing, or computational social science (broadly defined). They will also have an interest in exploring novel, prosocial applications of these methods. The selected candidate will have an opportunity to envision and pursue new research directions that pertain to CCC’s mission and current projects. 


  • Identifying and developing new areas of research that align with CCC’s mission and enable the postdoc to further develop their research agenda and publication record
  • Mentoring students to help them develop strong research agendas and track records in the areas of NLP, machine learning, media analytics, and other related topics
  • Assuming a leadership role at CCC to support existing research efforts
  • Partnering with designers, engineers, and other CCC leadership team members to help set research direction and strategy

Supervision Received:

General supervision from Prof. Deb Roy

Supervision Exercised:



  • A PhD in computer science, machine learning, statistics, applied math, information science, or other related discipline
  • Passion for mentorship, exhibited by actively supporting Master’s and PhD students in developing and executing projects that enable them to build a strong research track record
  • Strong publication record in top NLP and/or computational social science-related conferences such as EMNLP, ACL, NAACL, Interspeech, ICWSM, WWW, CSCW, IC2S2, NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR
  • Desire to further develop one’s own research agenda and publication record
  • Interest in developing and applying computational methods to better understand personal narratives, public opinion, social networks, and other related topics
  • Interest in learning more about how methods from computer science and analytics might be combined with tools from causal inference, ethnolography, design, and other topics from the social sciences
  • Ability to manage multiple objectives/tasks and meet competing deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Passion for using technology to help improve the human condition and surface the voices of underheard communities

To apply, go to and search for job ID# 20517.

This position will be working on-site. Please note MIT's pandemic guidance and on-campus requirements.

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