The Simons Institute is currently seeking Journalists in Residence for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
The Simons Institute's Journalist in Residence program was created in Fall 2016, with the goal of increasing visibility for theoretical computer science and supporting science journalists interested in covering the field. Erica Klarreich and John Markoff served as the Institute’s inaugural Journalists in Residence. Resident journalists participate in the Institute's programs and engage with visiting scientists. Additional contributions typically include: an initial talk on the journalist's work, for visiting researchers at the Simons Institute; a workshop for scientists on communicating their work to the public; and a feature article for the Simons Institute Newsletter, relating to work currently happening at the Institute. Visiting journalists are also welcome to pursue their own independent projects not related to the work of the Institute. Visits typically last for one semester, though proposals for longer and shorter visits may be considered. The Journalist in Residence shares an office with a visiting scientist, and has access to the full facilities of the Institute, as well as University library access and other standard campus privileges. The position comes with a stipend to cover living expenses.
How to apply
Candidates should send a letter of interest, CV, three relevant work-samples, and names of three references, to Managing Director Kristin Kane, at kristin [at] cs [dot] berkeley [dot] edu. Please indicate in the letter which semester you are proposing for your visit, and describe your interest in the topics being covered that semester.
The programs taking place during 2017-18 are: Bridging Continuous and Discrete Optimization (“jumbo” program, Fall 2017), Real-Time Decision Making (Spring 2018), and The Brain and Computation (Spring 2018).
Applications for visits during the coming 2017-18 academic year should be submitted no later than March 10, 2017.