Postdoctoral Fellows – Fall 2019 and Fall 2020


We looking to hire up to 4 Postdocs to begin in Fall 2019, and additional postdocs to begin in Fall 2020. The SMaPP Lab studies the influence of social media on politics, and develops new and innovative ways to measure such influence. Postdocs will work on projects that could include: analyzing the behavior of bots in elections, working with survey data merged with respondents’ social media behavior, analyzing Facebook data made available through the Social Science One program, identifying which users are most influential in online networks, examining the impact of YouTube and other sites on news consumption of individuals, the spread of disinformation through social media platforms, and studying how and what individuals learn from social media during the 2020 U.S. election campaign.

The SMaPP Lab consists of three core faculty directors covering fields of Political Science, Computer Science, and Computational Biology, as well as software engineers, data scientists, PhD students in both Political Science and Data Science, affiliated faculty both at NYU and other institutions, and undergraduates. The lab maintains a broad research agenda with many projects moving forward simultaneously. Recent publications and/or working papers have centered on the consumption of fake newsthe distribution of media consumption by individualsthe links shared by IRA Troll accounts in the 2016 US electionhow (competitive) authoritarian regimes respond to online opposition, and the prevalence of hate speech on Twitter.

The Lab has weekly general meetings, bi-weekly post-docs meetings, and many project-specific meetings throughout the week. Centrally located in Manhattan, the lab hosts frequent visitors.

The Postdocs will work with the faculty directors and others to conduct cutting edge research: analyzing data using tools of modern machine learning, designing data collection schemes, developing and testing new algorithms, and producing code and writing up results. Postdocs are expected to participate in co-authoring multiple lab papers. We are looking for candidates with a PhD in Political Science, a related social science field, Data Science, or Computer Science.

The directors of the SMaPP Lab are actively seeking a diverse group of students, engineers, postdocs, and faculty collaborators, and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to consider applying for this position. We believe in the importance of diversity as a key to the long range health and vibrancy of the field, as well as its ability to create a more stimulating intellectual environment.

To apply, please go to

For additional information, feel free to contact any of the faculty directors: Rich Bonneau (, Jonathan Nagler (, or Joshua Tucker ( Or, of course, check out our website.

Required Education

PhD in Political Science (or related social science), computer science, or data science.

Required Experience

0-5 years of experience; post-PhD trainee preparing for Research Scientist career path.