Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University
Data Science Institute


The Data Science Institute (DSI) at Columbia University invites applications for the position of a Data Post-Doctoral Scientist. The post-doc will work on new methods for scalable and privacy-respecting digital identity systems. These systems will provide digital identities suitable for low-infrastructure environments, used to facilitate access to resources such as medical care, education and food assistance. These highly secure systems will provide unprecedented new levels of resistance to identity theft.

The candidate will evaluate existing digital identity proposals, identify gaps in capabilities, develop new components of identity systems, work with external stakeholders and experts in privacy and international development, and prototype digital identity components or systems.

Minimum degree required:

Candidates must have a doctorate degree in a discipline such as a computer science or electrical engineering.

Preferred Qualifications:

– Strong background in computer science or electrical engineering, e.g., in systems security, cryptography, biometrics, networks or operating systems.

– Strong analytical, computational, and quantitative skills.

– Demonstrated outreach skills, such as working with NGOs or standards bodies.