Cryptography Research Fellow

The Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (CIS) ( is seeking a residential Research Fellow to conduct research and analysis regarding encryption law and policy in the U.S. and other nations. The Fellow will use the Freedom of Information Act, open government laws, motions to unseal, and personal interviews to investigate the U.S. government’s policy and practices for forcing decryption and/or influencing crypto-related design of online platforms and services, devices, and products. The Fellow will also research the benefits and detriments of strong encryption on free expression, political engagement, economic development and other public interests. The Fellow will report directly to the CIS Director of Civil Liberties. The Fellow is responsible for managing open government requests and litigation, conducting research, working with computer science professors and graduate students, and drafting blog posts, white papers, or similar on crypto policy related issues. 

Qualifications for this fellowship include: 

  • litigation experience (mandatory) 
  • familiarity with open government advocacy 
  • background in Internet policy issues 
  • working familiarity with cryptography and relevant technologies, and excellent research and writing skills. 
  • must be self-motivated, able to manage litigation on a day-to-day basis
  • must be responsive to supervisors, work well in a team environment, and be creative.

This fellowship would start immediately and run for a period of one year. This Fellow is funded by the Stanford Cyber Initiative under the auspices of the Vice Provost/Dean of Research.

How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and resume through the Stanford Careers website (job number: 67797) and send the following materials to Amanda Avila at

  • Your cover letter
  • CV
  • Writing sample
  • Contact information for two references 

Application Deadline:  Friday, August 21 at noon (PDT). 

We will fill the position as soon as possible, so if you are interested and qualified, do not delay in submitting your application.