Jobs, Fellowships, Assistantships and Internships at the Internet Observatory

    Research Assistant Positions for Stanford Students
  • Research Assistant Positions for Stanford Students
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Data Scientist (Full-Time)
  • Big Data Architect (Full-Time)

Research Assistant Positions for Stanford Students

The Internet Observatory is always looking for students to plug in to our work. Please complete our application and we will be in touch about opportunities as they come up.
Specific Projects:
Eastern Europe – The Internet Observatory is seeking a research assistant to work on projects related to Eastern Europe. Candidates must have regional expertise or experience working in the region, and ability to read Polish, Belarusian, Czech, Ukrainian, or Georgian is a plus.
You must be logged in to your Stanford Google account to access this form. You will be asked to submit a resume and unofficial transcript with your application.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stanford Internet Observatory Fellows will pursue research on policy and technical issues related to Stanford’s research into the misuse of new technologies to cause harm to individuals and societies. Research focus areas may include studying current geopolitical events driven by information operations against elections, researching the use of communication platforms to cause harm to at-risk groups, designing strategies to mitigate the harm of new technologies, and developing regulatory and governance frameworks for tech companies and governments. Fellows will be housed at the Cyber Policy Center and will be a part of the larger fellowship program at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. All SIO fellows are expected to participate in Cyber Policy Center research seminars and produce policy-relevant work, which could include media appearances, published articles, or briefings to or workshops for government or international organization officials, ideally in collaboration with researchers from other disciplines. Fellows with backgrounds in the natural sciences, engineering, data science, social sciences, history, and law are encouraged to apply. All fellows are expected to be in the final stages of or have recently completed a terminal degree in their discipline, ideally a Ph.D.

Application Details

Submission of a formal application is required for all individuals who wish to be in residence as visiting fellows, whether they need funding or have independent support. Applications are run in partnership with the CISAC Fellowship Program.

All application materials, including recommendations, must be in English. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials, including letters of reference, are submitted by the deadline stated above. Please do not submit supplemental materials such as books, lengthy manuscripts, or more than the required number of recommendations.

Online submission of application must include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Resume/CV
  • Graduate school transcript (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. All pre- and postdoctoral applicants must include a transcript. Junior faculty and professionals may include a transcript, but are not required to do so.)
  • Research project prospectus or description of dissertation (1,500 words max, not including footnotes/endnotes)
  • Research abstract (200 words max)
  • Writing sample (50 pages max)
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation. Please note that recommendation letter services, such as Interfolio, may not use our online recommendation letter submission system. Please advise your recommenders to upload their letters directly to the SlideRoom system.


Online Application Instructions

  1. Access application portal by selecting link below. 
  2. Click "Sign up to get started" (at the bottom of the page). Input the requested information to create a username and password.
  3. Click "Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation Fellowship Program".
  4. Proceed through the application, entering information into all required fields.
  5. Submit your application.


Data Scientist (Full-Time)

The Stanford Internet Observatory Data Scientist will assess and manage data pipelines and queries as part of the overall development of the rapid response data infrastructure underpinning the Internet Observatory. They will be responsible for developing taxonomies and clear, robust, and detailed reports to enhance the research projects and outputs of the Internet Observatory. They will also consult with researchers to develop tools that meet the research questions of both the SIO core research team and researchers in the greater Stanford community working on disinformation, election interference, and inauthentic networks on social media platforms. The candidate should have advanced proficiency in R and Python and experience with Google Cloud tools.

Big Data Architect (Full-Time)

This is a fixed term position and will conclude two years from the start date. The position may be extended based on program need and funding availability.

The Internet Observatory is a bold, new cross-disciplinary program that aims to advance the state of teaching, research, and public policy on the abuse of the internet to cause harm in today’s complex digital world. Based at the Freeman Spogli Institute and led by cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos, the Internet Observatory will formally launch in June 2019 with an innovative curriculum, a new research study on the 2020 elections, and engagement with government, industry and the media to impact public policy.


Reporting to Program Director Stamos, the Big Data Architect will lead a research team that includes research staff and graduate students in computer science to design, develop and implement a major cross-school project to build Stanford’s new Internet Observatory, a Big Data repository and real-time analytics engine that will power new forms of social and political science research. Candidate will create specifications, identify data analytics tools, develop a cloud-hosted data strategy, and define requirements for open-source and commercial software tools to build a system for both real-time processing and long-term archival, storage and retrieval. The candidate will also oversee all integration and testing of the final system and will be responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the Internet Observatory. In addition, the candidate will evaluate existing big data repository, compute, and metadata efforts underway at Stanford for possible re-use and/or collaboration.