Academic Opportunities

Tetherless World Constellation offers numerous opportunities for students interested in conducting research projects in Semantic Web technologies and in the areas of Web Science, Data Science, Xinformatics, and Semantic eScience — all with the focus on the World Wide Web and its future use. 

For all opportunities, we welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact TWC for more information on any of these opportunities.

Undergraduate Research Program

As part of the university-wide URP program, TWC provides full-time undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue research projects and work directly with faculty members on real-world, hands-on projects related to the above topics.  Students may pursue research for academic credit or receive funding for their project. An undergraduate research laboratory at TWC is available to accepted students, which includes private study locations, close proximity to world-leading faculty, state-of-the-art technology, as well as other benefits. Program openings are announced in the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. A TWC URP/Internship Application Form is available for students who are interested in the program.

Please refer to Rensselaer's Undergraduate Research website for more information.

Graduate Student Opportunities

TWC always welcomes graduate students with a background in Semantic Web, with experience beyond undergraduate coursework and/or who have been involved in Web research or business activities. Students may apply for Ph.D.s in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Earth and Environmental Science, or Multidisciplinary Science. Information on applying to RPI can be found on the campus website for graduate admissions. Students interested in eScience or science informatics using semantic technologies may wish to contact TWC with respect to admissions criteria and policies. Visiting student positions are also a possibility in some circumstances.


From time to time, TWC offers undergraduate and graduate student internships.  Applications are considered in batches and are primarily available for summer. Unfortunately, internships will not be considered for credit during the summer period.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Individuals hired as postdoctoral research associates perform advanced research in one of the above topics and are expected to develop and maintain technical expertise through self‐direction and as part of a research team. TWC requires candidates to have a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Computer Science; Semantic Web, Semantic eScience, Web Science, Information Science; Data Science, Informatics, or a closely related field.  At this time, there are no available postdoctoral research associate positions available at TWC.

Research Scientist

A Research Scientist in TWC is expected to lead advanced research in one of the above fields and provides technical expertise to facilitate the design, implementation and analysis of procedures, techniques, and results. TWC requires candidates to have a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Information Science or Physical Science (preference for specific topics: Semantic Web, Semantic eScience, Data Science, Informatics, Web Science) or closely related field, as well as three or more post-degree years of related experience. To be considered at the Research Scientist level, candidates are expected to possess recognition as an authority in the application of computer and information science technologies. At this time, there are no available research scientist positions available at TWC.

Faculty Openings in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

RPI is seeking candidates with experience in AI and ML, theory of learning, novel AI algorithms and architectures, and software engineering principles for AI systems (including topics in scalability, robustness, fairness, and verification). Ideal candidates will develop an AI scientific program, work with researchers making contributions to the use of AI and ML in addressing global challenges such as energy and the built environment, climate science, advanced manufacturing, critical infrastructure and supply chain management, the arts, and life sciences and systems biology.

Please see the listing on Rensselaer's Careers page to read the full job description.