Michael O. Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science

We encourage candidates to apply by December 1, 2022, but will continue to review applications until the positions are filled. Applications can be submitted on this website:


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Michael O. Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science

The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University (SEAS) seeks applicants for the Michael O. Rabin* Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science. The normal duration of the Rabin Fellowship is two years. Rabin Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an allocation for research and travel expenses.

We are looking for junior scientists in theoretical computer science, broadly construed. Rabin Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to pursue their research agenda in an intellectually vibrant environment with ample mentorship. While interaction with Harvard faculty, students, and visitors is encouraged, Rabin Fellows are free to pursue their own interests.

Past fellows are Mika GöösAviad RubinsteinAlexander Golovnev, and Josh Alman. Our most recent fellow is Sumegha Garg (2020-2022).

Applicants to the Rabin Fellowship will also be considered for other possible postdoctoral fellowship positions in theoretical computer science at Harvard, depending on availability of funds and an applicant’s fit with the research activities in the group. Please note that these other fellowships may have different terms and/or salary than the Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.


*The fellowship is named after Michael O. Rabin, pioneer in Computer Science research and winner of numerous awards including the A. M. Turing award in 1976. Michael Rabin has been on the faculty at Harvard since 1981, and currently is the Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus in SEAS. The fellowship is aimed at researchers in all areas of theoretical computer science, including fellows that, like Rabin, might create new areas that do not yet exist.