JOB TITLE: Diversity and Complexity Fellow


CLASSIFICATION: Full-time Exempt (37.5 hours per week)


SFI seeks a quantitative researcher interested in the promotion of diversity in complexity science to lead SFI’s new diversity research and outreach initiative. Areas of focus include rethinking political economy and the uses of complexity method and theory. The ideal candidate will be given considerable freedom to pursue the project objectives and will be given time and resources to learn and communicate about complexity science.


Complexity science seeks to understand and contribute to our growing awareness and responsibility for life and culture on earth. The long-term health of natural and social life is in urgent need of new ideas and new communities to address matters as far ranging as poverty, climate change, the impact of technology on work, and comprehending the forces supporting or disrupting democracy. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the complexity research community and to do so using new complexity ideas and methods. Under the supervision of SFI’s President, and supported by SFI’s Vice President for Science and Vice President for Applied Complexity, the Diversity and Complexity Fellow will: (i) develop new techniques to identify scholars and communities pursuing complexity ideas in under-represented communities and institutions; (ii) introduce complexity science within scholarly communities that have been historically underrepresented in relevant research domains; (iii) collaborate with HR to enhance policies and promote diversity within SFI’s research network more broadly; and (iv) collaborate with internal stakeholders organizing applied, educational, and postdoctoral programing to increase outreach to talented underrepresented groups. Special attention will be paid to monitoring and enhancing diversity in SFI’s new program in Emergent Political Economies. The initial term for the fellowship is five years.


  1. During the first six months of the fellowship, a priority will be placed on learning about SFI and the broader field of complexity science. This includes developing an understanding of the most prominent theories, institutions, and scholars. Minimal prior knowledge of complexity is necessary, as SFI’s President, Vice President for Science, and Vice President for Applied Complexity will provide guidance and assistance during this learning period.
  2. This position includes oversight of an operational budget. In the early years of the fellowship, there is an expectation that the budget will be used to perform statistical analyses and run experiments aimed at increasing diversity within SFI and complexity science more broadly. The Fellow will have wide latitude in proposing engagements and experiments. It is expected that the uses of these funds will evolve as the Fellow helps SFI learn what works and what does not.
  3. Significant travel is expected in years two through five of the fellowship, as the Fellow engages with communities of scholars who could increase diversity within SFI and complexity science more broadly, with an initial focus on the theme of Emergent Political Economies.
  4. In collaboration with the new Emergent Political Economies Program Manager and the School Director, the Fellow will help administer SFI’s new Emergent Political Economies Graduate Summer School. Particular attention will be paid to supporting diversity within the school. The Fellow will similarly collaborate with the new Emergent Political Economies Program Manager and SFI’s Postdoctoral Program Manager to support diversity efforts in the Emergent Political Economies postdoctoral conference.
  5. Throughout the fellowship, the Fellow will be encouraged to scan the complexity literature, with an eye towards identifying new and diverse members of our community.
  6. The initial term for this fellowship is 5 years.




  • Demonstrated experience using quantitative approaches to assess diversity and diversity enhancing measures. A strong interest in science and an enthusiasm for the power of scientific thinking to make a better world for everyone.
  • University graduate experience in the natural or social sciences preferred, with a demonstrated comprehension of scientific terminology and quantitative methods.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and prioritizing tasks, taking initiative, coordinating and assuming responsibility for projects, including following through to completion and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively under the pressure of deadlines and changing and competing priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven experience working both independently and as an effective team member. Excellent oral and written communication skills. The Fellow will be expected to give public talks and inspire students and later career scholars to engage with our community.
  • Preferred experience includes interacting effectively with all levels of employees, including executive staff, and early to later career scientists.
  • The ideal candidate would have an interest in developing a rigorous and quantitative understanding of the complex underlying mechanisms that promote (or hinder) the development of diversity in intentional communities of purpose.


U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but you should be eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship or a U.S. permanent resident.

The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply, as are individuals who have taken unconventional paths their careers.

TO APPLY, please send an email containing your CV, cover letter, and three references to with the subject line “Diversity and Complexity Fellow.” SFI will be accepting applications until this position is filled.