Smart Cities Postdoctoral Fellowships


New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and its partner centers — WIRELESS, Center for Cyber-Security (CCS), the Visualization Imaging and Data Analysis Center (VIDA), and Connected Cities with Smart Transportation (C2SMART) — invite applications for the inaugural cohort of NYU’s Smart Cities Postdoctoral Fellows. We envision hiring up to five fellows to start in Fall 2019.

NYU is committed to substantially increasing the proportion of our scholars from historically underrepresented groups as we strive to create the most intellectually diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution that we can, and we especially encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

We seek outstanding 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 fellows 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 on a wide range of areas of specialization, including but not limited to:

  • Urban machine learning and data science

  • 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 domain. Fellows will be expected to both start new projects and collaborations, as well as engage in existing projects with sponsoring faculty.

Fellowships are full-time, non-tenured positions for two years, with annual appointments renewed based on satisfactory performance. The fellows 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, 2019.


Conduct groundbreaking research both independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams; contribute to existing projects under the advisement 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 the participating centers; publish at top venues in smart cities and their fields of specialization; contribute to scholarly life at CUSP and our partner centers through the organization of seminars, mentoring of students and other service; and teach (or co-teach) one course per year.


Doctoral degree in a relevant field, and an active agenda of research and publication with a strong focus on smart cities, or with the potential for direct application to smart cities research. A record of transitioning research into practice, ideally in collaboration with city stakeholders, is desirable.

Application Instructions

Please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of research interests (no longer than 4 pages) by February 15, 2019. 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 at CUSP, VIDA, WIRELESS, C2SMART and/or CCS, who would have substantial intellectual overlap with the applicant’s interests and likely program of research. Relevant faculty include Juliana Freire, Kaan Ozbay, Ramesh Karri, Sundeep Rangan, JR Rizzo, Debra Laefer, Paul Torrens and Daniel Neill, amongst others.

Applications received by February 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. Any questions may be directed to Daniel Neill ( and Juan Pablo Bello (


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