Research Scientist, FutureTech

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Perrett Laver

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Role Managed by:

Tom Mellor

Associate Consultant

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6234


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 10/02/2023

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory pioneers new research in computing that improves the way people work, play, and learn.

We focus on developing fundamental new technologies, conducting basic research that furthers the field of computing, and inspiring and educating future generations of scientists and technologists.

The FutureTech Project is an interdisciplinary group that studies the foundations of progress in computing: what are the most important trends, how do they underpin productivity growth, and how can we harness them to sustain and promote prosperity. By drawing on computer science, economics, and management, we aim to identify and understand trends in computing that create opportunities for (or pose risks to) our ability to sustain economic growth. Our goal is to understand and identify levers of influence that enable leaders in computing, scientific funding bodies, and policymakers to better promote the computational foundations of prosperity.

Research Scientist

CSAIL is seeking an exceptional Research Scientist to work with Dr. Neil Thompson as part of the FutureTech research project. The Research Scientist will be responsible for working collaboratively on projects that uncover and quantify the foundations of progress in computing: what are the most important trends, how do they underpin economic productivity and growth, and how can we harness them to sustain and promote shared prosperity.

The Research Scientist will be part of a multidisciplinary research group that includes computer scientists, engineers, and economists. The Research Scientist will plan and conduct original research that makes progress on FutureTech’s research aims of understanding the foundations of progress in computing.

The position is based within the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory on site in Cambridge, MA. There is the expectation that individuals will primarily work on site, taking part in regular meetings, work and contributing to the wider group in person.

This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. Visa sponsorship is available.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be made in the strictest confidence to Tom Mellor at Perrett Laver via

Applications should include a full academic CV and a covering letter.

The closing date for applications is Friday 10th February at midnight EST.

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