Assistant Director for Graduate Studies in Computational Science and Engineering

Assistant Director for Graduate Studies in Computational Science and Engineering

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Assistant Director for Graduate Studies in Computational Science and Engineering

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Job Summary

The Assistant Director for Graduate Studies (AGDS) in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is an exciting opportunity for applicants seeking the chance to support and advise master’s students pursuing a degree in Computational Science & Engineering, while also using their domain expertise to contribute to the academic efforts of the program faculty.

The position has several key responsibilities, including: advising students in the CSE master’s program; playing an integral role in the master's program admission process; and working with faculty to regularly assess and update the master’s program curriculum. This position also includes a non-paid dependent lectureship, through which the ADGS can contribute to teaching within the master’s program.

Note: A Ph.D. is required for this position. See additional information below.

Position Description

  • Serve as the primary academic advisor for graduate students in the master’s degree program in CSE. Advise students about courses and other related matters.
  • Share responsibility for advising PhD students in the CSE Secondary Field program about courses and other matters related to the secondary field.
  • Teach or co- teach up to two graduate-level courses as assigned annually.
  • Assist with curriculum and course development, course planning, and new pedagogical methods.
  • Work with the faculty committees in the continuing assessment and improvement of the curriculum in order to stay abreast of the latest developments in computer science and engineering.
  • Help students in the CSE program find thesis advisors and provide oversight of second year CSE students as they complete their thesis research.
  • Serve as an intellectual mentor and advisor to students in their development of independent study projects and theses.
  • Work with the Director for Master’s Education to coordinate the reading of applications to the CSE master’s program; serve as one of the readers during the first round of application review.
  • Advise students who express interest in applying to the CSE master’s program.
  • Contribute to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts for staff, faculty and students in the CSE master’s degree program.

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics or another field of science or engineering.

*Required application documents include a cover letter and CV/resume.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Documented ability to mentor, advise and teach graduate students
  • Demonstrated excellence in computational methods, modeling or simulation
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written
  • Motivation to work with diverse stakeholders and build and maintain relationships
  • Motivation to help build a diverse and inclusive community at SEAS

Working Conditions

The work is primarily performed in an office environment and also includes teaching on campus in a classroom environment.

Additional Information

  • The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
  • This position is based on our Allston, MA campus and requires an in-person on-campus presence. A hybrid/flexible work schedule may be explored with the hiring manager during the interview process. 
  • To be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter and a resume/cv.
  • The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines. 

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

About Us

About SEAS
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu.

SEAS Commitment to Diversity
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

General Administration

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Allston

Job Code

360058 Admin Offcr/SrIndiv Contrib

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



SEAS Office of Master's and Professional Programs


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

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EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.