Postdoctoral Fellow Positions
Research Associate Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions


Postdoctoral  Fellow: Control and Optimization of Energy Efficient Buildings

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities in Cambridge, MA is seeking a researcher to conduct advanced research on the control and optimization of energy efficient buildings. The research topics include, but are not limited to, the design of control algorithms, optimization, and implementation of control strategies using the HouseZero lab building. The candidate may also participate in working proposals to secure funding for future projects. The potential candidate will collaborate with CGBC researchers on related research topics.


  • Highly motivated with a strong control/automation/optimization background.
  • Willing to explore applications such as optimizing heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in buildings.
  • Interest in smart building applications. Knowledge about HVAC or familiarity with sensors as well as BACnet or KNX protocol is a plus.
  • Good coding skills and a strong control background are preferred.
  • Postdoctoral candidates should have either received their doctoral degree or have submitted their dissertation for final awarding of the degree.

The review process is competitive and is based on academic record, as well as professional and extra-curricular experience. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and any other materials detailing personal experience and research interests to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed starting May 15, 2023.




Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate: Critical Landscapes Design Lab

Position Title: Full-time Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate

Start Date: January 1, 2023

Duration of Employment: Until August 31, 2023

Salary Grade: Depending on experience

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is currently seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate to join a project titled “Atlas for the Medina of Tunis.” The candidate will work under the supervision of Principal Investigator, Dr. Gareth Doherty.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The preferred candidate will have specialized knowledge of ecological and landscape planning issues, preferably with experience in the Middle East and North Africa. The individual will work in close collaboration with the PI and other researchers. More specifically, they will:

  • Assist research duties of the PI and support activities of the project
  • Locate, organize, and analyze research materials
  • Work closely with the PI on the various reports and publications of the program
  • Contribute to the coordination of remote field research activities
  • Organize regular staff meetings and reports to collaborators
  • Other duties as required


  • Graduate degree in landscape architecture or related field
  • Graphic representation skills are a requirement

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical abilities, excellent writing skills, grasp of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Demonstrated experience working in a team setting
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Arabic language proficiency is an advantage

Additional Information: This is a full-time, sponsored research funded position, with a contract initially for eight months. Salary commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions: Please submit a letter of intent, curriculum vita, and portfolio/copies of publications to Gareth Doherty: [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed starting November 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


Pollman Fellowship in Real Estate and Urban Development

Established in 2002 through the generous gift of Harold A. Pollman, the Pollman Fellowship in Real Estate and Urban Development is given to outstanding postdoctoral graduates in real estate, urban planning, and development to spend one year in residence as a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Applicants in the fields of economic development, political economy, urban economics, and other areas in urban planning related to real estate and urban development are also encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral candidates for the Pollman Fellowship should either have received their doctorate or have submitted their dissertation for final awarding of the degree. The fellowship award is $30,000, plus medical benefits, and is to be used towards living and research expenses. While at Harvard, the fellow may audit courses and may seek to supplement the fellowship with teaching and research assignments. The fellow is expected to produce at least one publishable paper in a refereed journal, to participate in research workshops, and to contribute to the life of the School.

Applications are accepted annually. Please refer to the Pollman Fellowship webpage for instructions on how and when to apply.


Research Associate Positions

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