The NYU Center for Social Media and Politics (CSMaP) supports research on (i) how social media impacts politics, with particular emphasis on the flow of information (and misinformation) on social media; (ii) innovative ways to use social media data to study politics; and (iii) developing open-source tools that facilitate the use of social media data for the study of politics.
We are looking for a part-time Research Operations Associate to help manage the Center’s research portfolio. Currently, we have over 45 projects on a wide range of questions related to social media and politics, each of which with different substantive and methodological motivations. You will support the Lab Manager in coordinating this diverse research agenda, with responsibilities varying depending on project. To this end, fluency with project management, as well as strong communication and creative problem solving, is a must.
Responsibilities will include research project tracking, on and off-boarding researchers, maintaining documentation (such as standard operating procedures), project financial planning and coordination, managing and recommending priorities of research for the executive team, cross lab communication, and conceptualization and planning of culture-building opportunities. The strongest applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in the social sciences and social media.
This is a part-time (20 hours/week) and remote employment role with compensation of $30-50 per hour depending on experience and education. This position is temporary (through August) with the potential to become permanent. Additionally, if interested, there is potential for this position to be up to 40 hours during the summer to support parental leave.
The directors of the Center for Social Media and Politics are actively seeking a diverse group of students, engineers, postdocs, faculty collaborators, and staff, and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. 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.
CSMaP consists of three core faculty directors covering fields of Political Science, Computer Science, and Computational Biology, as well as programmatic staff, software engineers, data scientists, PhD students in both Political Science and Data Science, affiliated faculty 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 news, the distribution of media consumption by individuals, the links shared by IRA Troll accounts in the 2016 US election, how (competitive) authoritarian regimes respond to online opposition, and the prevalence of hate speech on Twitter.