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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.

Postdoctoral Fellows – Fall 2021

Description

The NYU Center for Social Media and Politics studies the influence of social media on politics, and develops new and innovative ways to measure such influence. Postdocs 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.

We are looking for a postdoc with a strong research background and advanced technical skills. Experience with research in one or more of the following areas is desirable: active learning, deep learning, or machine learning. A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics, or a social science field with a background in machine learning and data science is required.

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.

This is initially a one year position, with the potential for renewal up to three years.

CSMaP 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 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 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.

Feel free to contact any of the faculty directors for more information: Rich Bonneau (rb133[at]nyu.edu), Jonathan Nagler (jonathan.nagler[at]nyu.edu), or Joshua Tucker (joshua.tucker[at]nyu.edu).

Qualifications

We are looking for a postdoc with a strong research background and advanced technical skills. Experience with research in one or more of the following areas is desirable: active learning, deep learning, or machine learning. A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics, or a social science field with a background in machine learning and data science is required.

Application Instructions

Apply here: https://apply.interfolio.com/78575

Please be sure to include at least 3 academic references in your application / on your C.V.

Research Operations Associate (part-time)

Description

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. 

Qualifications

Required education: ​Bachelors of Arts or Science 

Required experience: ​2+ years leading or managing teams or projects, producing deliverables on deadlines

Required skills: ​Project planning, monitoring, and review; time management; proactive communication 

Preferred education: ​Bachelors of Arts or Science in related field, such as a social science, business, or data science

Preferred experience: ​ 3+ years managing teams or projects, producing deliverables on deadlines; an understanding of or interest in social media research and/or computational social science 

Application Instructions

Please apply here with your resume and an optional short cover letter, including anything else you’d like us to know. Feel free to contact us at csmap@nyu.edu with questions or issues applying.