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CDS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The CDS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides funding to College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) faculty members to support postdoctoral researchers.


How to Apply

CDS postdoctoral fellowships are initiated by CICS faculty; work with the CICS faculty member who best matches your research interests. For help identifying faculty members whose research interests match yours, send an email to


For CICS faculty (requires CICS log-in credentials): Details and requirements of the CDS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


Current Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipients


Zack Weinberg

Zack Weinberg studies Internet security and privacy, recently concentrating on reverse engineering the actual policies enforced by nation-state censorship agencies. He is also interested in the challenges of natural language processing for languages where large corpora of text are not available and/or where the "standard" version of the language is very different from the vernacular(s), in security aspects of programming language design (e.g. how do you make it so that it is more natural to write secure code than insecure code?), and in broadening the audience served by computer science education.


Venkata Gandikota

Dr. Venkata Gandikota received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2016, after receiving his MSc in Mathematics and BE  in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science. Dr. Gandikota was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in 2017. His work has focused on understanding the complexity of the NNS problem and its variants, in high dimensional Euclidean and Hamming spaces. He has also explored a variant of the NNS problem defined on structured datasets, i.e. when the underlying set of data points form a linear error-correcting code or a point lattice.




Past Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipients

Brittany Johnson

Dr. Brittany Johnson received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Caroline State University (2017), after getting her B.A. in Computer Science from the College of Charleston (2011). Her research focus is on improving the tools and processes that are developed to make developers more productive. Her research is interdisciplinary, cross-cutting with research in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence. Her work focuses on both the needs of the developer and ways that systems can effectively fulfill those needs. Read more about Dr. Brittany Johnson.