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Sloan School of Management and Computer Science & AI Lab
MIT Postdoc - Economics of Computer Science / A.I.

JOE ID Number: 2021-02_111468751
Date Posted: 12/24/2021
Date Inactive: 01/31/2022
Position Title/Short Description
Title: MIT Postdoc - Economics of Computer Science / A.I.
Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: O3 -- Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
Economics of I.T.
Digital Economy
Information Technology
Computer Science
Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Deep Learning
Salary Range: 65000
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Dr. Neil Thompson ( seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Associate to work on the following topics:

(i) Understanding the key innovation trends in computing (hardware / software / algorithms) and artificial intelligence

(ii) Analyzing the economic and policy implications of these trends
In recent decades, progress in computing has been responsible for perhaps a third of all productivity improvements, making it one of the largest contributors to human prosperity. But will this continue as Moore’s Law fades? Will the economics of chip manufacturing allow a replacement based on chip specialization (e.g. Huang’s Law)? What effects are algorithm improvements in A.I. and elsewhere having on firms?

• PhD or equivalent in either (management / economics) or (computer science / electrical engineering), as well as substantial exposure to the other area (e.g. an undergraduate degree)
• Strong data analysis skills, including statistical or econometric training
• Proficiency with a modern programming language, e.g. Python, R
• Solid English communication skills (verbal and written)
• Desire and skill (e.g. organizational abilities) to work in teams across multiple projects

Based on the applicant’s background and preferences, the post-doc could be based at MIT Sloan, CSAIL, or possibly both.

Application Requirements:
  • Code Sample (R, Python or comparable)
  • Letters of Reference
  • Job Market Paper
  • Cover Letter
  • CV
Application deadline: 02/13/2022
Reference Instructions:
Applicants may provide reference letters ahead of the deadline if that is easier for them, otherwise these will be requested later in the recruitment process.
Application Instructions:
Application Instructions:
By January 17th 2022, apply via JOE or send an email to Dr. Neil Thompson ( with the following materials:
(i) CV
(ii) Sample of previous research
(iii) Sample of code
(iv) Cover letter discussing the applicant’s experience and research goals and explaining how these fit with this position

Selected candidates will be interviewed in January via zoom.
  • Application Deadline Has Passed