Smart Cities Postdoctoral Associates


We seek applicants with a strong record of interdisciplinary work in developing and applying concepts and methods from science, technology, computing, engineering and applied mathematics in the service of urban communities across the globe. Successful applicants are expected to contribute to both methods and foundational knowledge in their core disciplines, as well as to novel data- and technology-driven applications for, e.g., improving the quality of city services; optimizing resource allocation and decision-making by local governments; securing smart urban infrastructure; addressing challenging urban problems including crime, environmental pollution and public health issues; and empowering urban citizens to better their communities and improve their quality of life. We encourage applications in a wide range of areas of specialization, including but not limited to:

  • Urban machine learning, data science, and AI
  • Data management, curation, integration, visualization, and analytics
  • Smart mobility and emerging transportation safety solutions
  • Cyber-security and privacy in smart cities and critical infrastructure
  • Urban Internet of Things
  • Improving city operations and governance through data and technology
  • Smart and connected health
  • Assistive devices for navigating urban environments

as well as the intersection between these and other relevant areas of research in the smart cities and urban science domains. Successful applicants will be expected to both start new projects and collaborations, as well as engage in existing projects with sponsoring faculty.

Smart Cities Postdoctoral Associates are full-time, non-tenured positions for two years, with annual appointments renewed based on satisfactory performance. The positions will be based at CUSP’s state of the art facility in Brooklyn. The starting salary is $75k/year with competitive benefits, plus funds for travel and professional development. The tentative start date is September 1, 2020.

Responsibilities: Conduct groundbreaking research both independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams; contribute to existing projects under the supervision of sponsoring faculty, and start new projects and research collaborations as appropriate; participate in the development of funded research proposals; build bridges between CUSP and other Tandon/NYU labs, groups, and centers; publish in top venues in smart cities, urban science, and/or their fields of specialization; contribute to scholarly life at CUSP through the organization of seminars, mentoring of students and other service; and teach (or co-teach) one course per academic year.


Doctoral degree in a relevant field, and an active agenda of research and publication with a strong focus on smart cities, urban science, or other areas with potential for direct application to cities. A record of transitioning research into practice, particularly as applied to critical urban challenges, is desirable.

Application Instructions

Please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of research interests (no longer than 4 pages) by February 1st, 2020. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation (to be submitted by the reference writers) by this date.

The statement of research interests should mention the names of one or more faculty members from CUSP, or from one of our affiliated research labs, groups, and partner centers, who would have substantial intellectual overlap with the applicant’s interests and likely program of research.

Applications received by February 1st, 2020 will receive full consideration. Any questions may be directed to Daniel Neill (

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