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(Closed) Now Hiring: Researcher, Health and Data

Deadline for applications: October 25, 2019
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Data & Society Research Institute is seeking an engaging and collaborative Researcher, Health and Data to fill this open-level position in their Research department.

About the Health and Data Initiative
Health and Data projects examine the extent to which new technologies can address historical disparities in data collection and access to healthcare, and in turn, introduce new forms of inequity. Through empirical investigation, the Health and Data team seeks to understand the evolving and complex interdependence of our health and technology practices, including precision medicine, algorithmic decision-making in clinical care, bias in genome databases, ethical collection of data, healthy interactions with tech platforms and mobile devices, and the spread of health misinformation online.

About the position
Your primary responsibility as a Researcher for the Health and Data Initiative will be to work in close collaboration with the Initiative Lead on an empirical research project that interrogates the values, assumptions, and frames driving the rapidly-evolving “Healthy Tech” ecosystem. This qualitative research project seeks to identify existing research gaps and evidence-¬based approaches to move technologies toward healthier outcomes. Those who have prior experience conducting research with historically underrepresented communities are of particular interest for this role.

The Researcher is a subject-matter expert who is primarily responsible for carrying out field work and producing written outputs, including the final report, as well as findings memos, literature reviews, and public-facing outputs. In addition, you will serve as a lead contributor on Data & Society communications and written outputs, such as brief research papers, blog posts, event promotion materials, and other public-facing writing.

Depending on skill level and interest, there will be additional opportunities for doing primary research work. The full-time Researcher will join the Health and Data team and report to the Initiative Lead. This is an 18-month position with the possibility of extension. This position is ideal for a mid-career researcher and writer who can devote 40 hours/week to the job.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate may be trained in any number of disciplines but should have a strong empirical foundation; be interested in questions related to technology, health, and society; and be excited to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment that includes social scientists, lawyers, computer scientists, artists, and practitioners. Candidates may have a PhD or equivalent experience in any number of disciplines, but should have a strong background conducting qualitative social science fieldwork.

Candidates should enjoy working on collaborative teams, contributing to peer intellectual production, and engaging broad audiences with research.

Ideal candidates are also committed to social change and oriented to practical applications of research and its implications for practice, design, and governance of new technologies, and a strong desire to understand how technology and power shape our socio-technical society. Candidates should have a well-established research track record as demonstrated by research publications and public writing, as well as participation on program committees, editorial boards, and advisory panels.

Candidates should be able to write for multiple audiences and be part of a public-facing research institute.

This position reports to the Initiative Lead and the Director of Research.


  • Excellent research and written communication skills
  • Master’s degree or relevant research experience
  • Ability to coordinate and conduct in-depth research interviews
  • Ability to deliver work independently with minimal mentorship
  • Ability to write for a non-academic audience and translate research findings for journalists and policymakers
  • Ability to assess the amount of time that a project will take and meet deadlines
  • Ability to participate in and assist with project-related events and travel
  • Ability to coordinate with other team members and the Data & Society community
  • Experience researching the impact of new technologies on health and well-being
  • The successful candidate will be intellectually flexible, with a strong ability to move from task to task and to pivot quickly


  • Conceptualize, develop, and conduct a research project
  • Publish op-eds and blog posts related to ongoing research for academic and non-academic audiences
  • Participate in conferences and workshops in your field
  • Participate in outreach and collaboration activities, including meetings, presentations, webinars, hearings, and conferences
  • Collaborate with other researchers internally and externally
  • Coordinate and attend regular team meetings, as well as collaborate with the broader Data & Society community

Practical Considerations

  • You will be expected to work from the Data & Society office in NYC or at our satellite office in DC at least four days a week, unless traveling for pre-approved fieldwork, conferences, or meetings.
  • You will be expected to contribute to the life of Data & Society through active engagement in and hosting of events, seminars, reading groups, and other cross-topical activities.
  • The annual salary will depend on the position, seniority, and level of responsibility. You will also receive a laptop and $2000 for conference travel and materials. Additional research budget will depend on the project.
  • You will be offered a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid time off, and paid holidays.
  • You must be eligible to work in the United States; we are unable to sponsor visas.

To apply, please submit the following by October 25, 2019 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis) by following the link here:

  • Your resume or CV.
  • Cover letter describing your current research projects, as well as your ideal research and professional trajectory. Please also indicate your desired start date and highlight any experiences that may contribute to your success in this position.
  • Two writing samples that illustrate your ability to communicate complex research findings to a broad audience. This should include at least one publication where you are either a lead or contributing author writing about original empirical research.
  • The names, affiliations, and email addresses of three references.

Feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.

About Data & Society
Founded in 2013, Data & Society is a NYC-based independent research institute. We operate as a dynamic intellectual nonprofit with strong recognition in the technology, academic, and policy sectors. Our work advances public understanding of the social and cultural implications of data-centric technologies and automation. Through interdisciplinary research and engagement, we work to ensure that knowledge guides development and governance of technology.

The issues that Data & Society seeks to address are complex. The same innovative technologies and socio-technical practices that are reconfiguring society—enabling novel modes of interaction, new opportunities for knowledge, and disruptive business paradigms—can be abused to invade people’s privacy, provide new tools of discrimination, and harm individuals and communities.

To provide frameworks that can help society address emergent tensions, Data & Society is committed to identifying thorny issues at the intersection of technology and society, providing and encouraging research that can ground informed, evidence-based public debates, and building a network of researchers and practitioners who can anticipate issues and offer insight and direction.

Data & Society’s programs bring together different perspectives, research methods, and practices. We weave together researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals. We see tremendous reciprocal benefits for network building and research when they are combined.

The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.

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