PhDs and Junior Research Scientists

Institutional Overview


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.

With more than 60 research groups working on hundreds of diverse projects, researchers focus on discovering novel ways to make systems and machines smarter, easier to use, more secure, and more efficient.

Already a major part of everyday life, computing will become more and more integrated into human experience over the next 50 years. CSAIL will be a driver of this change, attracting brilliant, original thinkers who will dream up technological advances that truly improve our collective existence.


The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), part of MIT Sloan School of Management, is a team of visionary, internationally recognized thought leaders and researchers examining how people and businesses work, interact, and will ultimately prosper in a time of rapid digital transformation.

The IDE examines how the rapidly advancing digital economy is changing how we work, interact, and live. We seek out the best practices that will impact the way businesses and people adapt in a world of profound digital transformation. No other initiative or center in the world is exploring the effects of the digital economy with the same determination, focus, perspective or purpose as the IDE.

While our research is inherently academic, its relevance has real-world, real-time impact. Corporations, governments, and foundations all turn to the IDE for insight, best practices, and solutions. We believe our efforts have the power to help people shape their destinies in a time of tremendous technological transformation. Ultimately, our mission is one of hope: there is great opportunity for humans to thrive and prosper in the digital revolution.

Unit Description

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.

Role Summary

We are excited to offer several research positions within the dynamic team led by Dr. Neil Thompson. These roles are perfect for those at the beginning of their research careers, offering a vibrant environment for both academic growth and practical application of skills.

PhD Positions:

The PhD roles are designed for candidates who are ready to embark on a rigorous academic journey under the guidance of Dr. Neil Thompson. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to delve deep into research, develop expertise, and contribute to groundbreaking studies.

Junior Research Scientist Positions:

The Junior Research Scientist roles are tailored for early-career researchers. These positions offer a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects, develop new skills, and collaborate with leading experts in the field.

Requirements for All Roles:

Educational Background: Candidates should have an undergraduate or master's degree in a relevant field.

Working Rights: Applicants must have the right to work in the United States.


Engage in high-quality research under the mentorship of Dr. Neil Thompson.

Collaborate with a team of researchers on innovative projects.

Contribute to the publication of research findings in academic journals and conferences.

Participate in regular team meetings and scholarly discussions.


Work in a stimulating and supportive research environment.

Develop a strong foundation for a career in academia or research-oriented industries.

Gain valuable experience and mentorship in cutting-edge research areas.

Application Process:

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their expressions of interest here. We will reach out if relevant.

Deadline for Applications:


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT's full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.

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