We are looking for a research scientist to help run the Observatory on Social Media (OSoMe, pronounced awe•some) at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). The official title of the position is Senior Project Coordinator (SPC). The Senior Project Coordinator will join the OSoMe senior management team — director Filippo Menczer, co-directors for research Betsi Grabe and Alessandro Flammini, co-directors for education Elaine Monaghan and John Paolillo, Dean James Shahahan, and associate director for technology Val Pentchev. The mission of the Observatory, which recently received a $6 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Indiana University, is to study the media and technology networks that drive the online diffusion of dis/mis/information. OSoMe offers access to data and tools for researchers worldwide to uncover the vulnerabilities of the media ecosystem and develops methods for increasing the resilience of citizens and democratic systems to manipulation.
The SPC has primary responsibilities for oversight and management of OSoMe research and development in the areas of computational social science and data journalism. The SPC leads outreach and collaborative efforts between the Observatory, other units within Indiana University, and academic, technology, and media partners worldwide. The SPC supports the OSoMe director in supervising students, seeking external funding to support the OSoMe research mission, and shaping the goals, policies, and priorities of the Observatory.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Computing, Network, Data, Physical, Mathematical, Information, or Media Sciences, or a related field. A solid record of publications in top-tier peer-reviewed journals or conferences, as well as strong coding and data analytics skills, are required. Good communication and writing abilities are a must.
Knowledge of machine learning, large scale modeling and simulation, and big data analytics is highly desirable. Previous post-doctoral experience in an area close to computational social science, network science, data science, or data journalism is desirable.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a brief description (~2 pages) of research experience and interests, and contact information for three references. For best consideration, apply by 15 February 2020. All application materials should be submitted through IU’s job portal: indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/9146
The appointment is expected to start as soon as possible, possibly as soon as 1 March 2020. It is for one year and is renewable for up to four additional years based on programmatic need, effective performance, and the availability of funding. The salary is competitive and benefits are generous. You can read more about IU benefits here: hr.iu.edu/benefits
For additional information, please contact the Assistant Director of Research Development, Caitlin Watkins <email@example.com>.
Indiana University is an equal employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing policy statements, crime and fire statistics for all Indiana University campuses, is available online. You may also request a physical copy by emailing IU Public Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org.