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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Technology Policy
Ref No.: 20-01866
Location: Menlo Park, California
Tailored Management is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work onsite at our client's Menlo Park campus on a contract basis. This is an excellent opportunity to join the world's largest social media network who enables over a billion users to openly connect with friends and family, share content, and explore the world.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Technology Policy
Facebook, inc.
Location: 1 Facebook Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Dept: Communications
Duration: 1.5-year contract
Benefits & PTO

This fellowship is both a typical industrial postdoc in that it offers an opportunity to conduct significant, field-advancing research in a corporate setting, and entirely atypical in that it reports directly to the Facebook policy leadership, with broad exposure to their thinking. This is a full-time position based in our Menlo Park office.

Most good, critical thinking does not happen within a single organization. As such, the Fellow will have access to the full network of the Facebook policy leadership team (in addition to their own) in order to survey the policy landscape and ensure that the policy research agenda takes into account the most significant challenges societies will face in the next decade.

The Technology Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed to help advance long-term technology policy making in this arena. We seek a postdoctoral fellow looking to gain industry and policy experience to inform their research. In addition, ideal candidates are cross-disciplinary and looking to become more so. It requires the fellow to meaningfully contribute to the global technology policy by:
  • Identifying under-discussed, key policy issues for the coming decade, which technology will impact
  • Identifying and building collaborations with the most important thinkers in those spaces
  • Writing about those issues for the academic, policy, and public spheres
The postdoctoral fellow will have access to the Facebook leaders and their long-term policy considerations. It is expected that the fellow will:
  • Utilize that access to develop net-new research projects that relate to a broader policy research agenda.
  • Draw upon significant internal and external expertise -- particularly through deep engagements with senior scholars around the world, with high-level introductions facilitated by Facebook.
  • The most important policy work needs to speak to a broad public in order to be successfully implemented. As a result, it is expected that the postdoctoral fellow will publish with internal and external co-authors for the public primarily, policy stakeholders secondarily, and the academy as time allows and is advantageous.

The Fellowship is open to researchers who will have completed their PhD by June 2020 and have an established research track record, as demonstrated by publications. Additionally, some form of existing policy leadership - shown through participation in public fora, writing OpEds, testifying before legislative bodies, and engaging in direct policy making - is required. It requires publication in general-interest media, and to a significantly lesser extent policy spaces and academic, peer-reviewed journals.

The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, comfortable navigating a new role, thrive in a cross-functional environment, managing projects and initiatives, anticipating project issues and resolving them, and removing barriers to doing great work. A successful candidate will be someone who is self-directed in identifying internal and external experts to contribute views to the work and clearly communicating gaps and discrepancies in views.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to understand complex issues and a highly organized approach are mandatory. Background in policy, AI, or technology research. The role will require the ability to debate issues articulately and to synthesize information and key arguments expertly.

*This position requires authorization to work in the U.S. without sponsorship, now and in the future*