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Mission & Vision

The Governance Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering ( aims to improve our lives and communities by changing how we govern by using new technology. We work on high impact, multi-disciplinary projects with partners in city, state, and national governments and other public interest organizations and institutions in the United States and around the world.

Current Job Openings:

GovLab Graduate Research Assistant - Public Health (Posted May 2, 2016)

We are seeking a public health research assistant to work on a joint project with the Inter-American Development Bank on “Crowdsourcing Smarter for Zika.” This is a four-month initiative to target and mobilize global expertise to help governments in Latin America prepare for and respond to mosquito born viruses and to generate innovative and implementable solutions to the challenges posed by major infectious disease outbreaks in the region. Building on the GovLab’s experience with and method for crowdsourcing expertise, we will curate online sessions to facilitate conversations between experts and government officials to identify, design and iterate upon good ideas to address mosquito-borne illnesses, leading to the implementation of new policies and services.

The research assistant must have both strong research and writing skills. You will support and work under the supervision of Professor Beth Simone Noveck, Jerry M. Hultin Global Network Professor and the GovLab’s Director, and collaborate with other GovLab staff on the execution of this project.

The position is 20 hours per week. GovLab is located at 2 Metrotech on the NYU Tandon campus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Epidemiological research on mosquito-borne illnesses.
  • Public health and policy research on approaches to prevention and treatment, especially new approaches involving big and open data, citizen science and crowdsourcing, and social and behavioral insights and work underway in Latin America.
  • Research on, identification of and outreach to potential experts to invite their participation in online sessions.
  • Interviews with government partners to learn about on-the-ground conditions and programs.
  • Drafting of topical briefing materials to inform online sessions.
  • Participation in online session including facilitation and note taking.
  • Dissemination of outcomes of online sessions.
  • Other tasks as needed.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Work towards a graduate degree in public health;
  • Proven research, technical and analytical skills;
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, agile environment;
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and interest in the field;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Tech-savvy and proficient with social media.

How to Apply

Applications due by May 20th.

Submit a resume, cover letter, description of relevant academic and professional project experiences, and writing sample to

Lead Back-End Developer

The GovLab is seeking candidates with proven experience in software and product development for a lead back-end developer position.

The Development Team

The development team at the GovLab is a small but agile in-house team of experienced designers, product managers and software engineers who collaborate with GovLab leadership to design, create and build usable tools, platforms and products. As our name suggests, we are in the business of experimentation with new technology to strengthen democracy, and are looking for those who want to build open source software that is optimized for change. We believe in rough consensus, running code and co-creating products with our users through frequent iteration.

You’ll get to work on exciting tech-intensive projects like:

  • Designing and building an expert network to connect governance innovators within and across public and private sectors;
  • Developing an online education platform to run high impact courses for civic innovators;
  • Analyzing data flows in the criminal justice system to find opportunities for data sharing to decrease incarceration and crime;
  • Developing the user experience to help a Latin American city crowdsource innovative solutions to public problems with its residents.

What We're Looking For

You're the kind of person that is passionate for civic tech, open government, and open data. You're good at problem solving and thinking critically, and are great at communicating your ideas. You're knowledgeable about cloud server technologies, in particular AWS and Digital Ocean. You have a keen ability to survey technologies and choose a relevant tech stack to meet a project's needs. You have good knowledge of databases, like SQL and Postgres, and at least some familiarity with NoSQL, as well as expertise with caching and content delivery networks.

You have experience with and are enthusiastic about building scalable systems, and have a strong commitment to documenting the infrastructure you're building. You have substantial background and expertise in Python, and are knowledgeable about Flask, SQL Alchemy, Docker, and Jinja. You have experience with public and/or private APIs and JSON/XML. You care about unit testing, integration testing, and web security. You're familiar with Redis and Celery (or similar distributed task queues). And perhaps most importantly, you have a sense of humor and adventure.


  • B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science (or related field) or equivalent practical experience
  • 3+ years of software development experience with a proven track record
  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills
  • Experience in mobile or web application development
  • Excellent coding skills in Python and knowledge of SQL and Postgres
  • Be comfortable developing back-end and designing services on top of a cloud infrastructure (like AWS)
  • Familiarity with web development languages and libraries, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery
  • Interest and ability to learn other programming languages as needed.
  • Eligible to work in the United States

How to Apply

Please send your CV to We’d also love to see some code you’ve written, so please feel free to send us a link to your Github profile or anywhere else we can see your work.