Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Science)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
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Posting Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate (Social Science)
Vacancy ID PDS002747
Department Sch of Inform and Libr Science - 370101
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range $47,476-$55,000
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Proposed Start Date 08/01/2020
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 05/26/2020
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary

Working with the Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci, in an interdisciplinary environment to study the social, political and cultural impacts of digital technology, especially with regards to the public sphere. Strong research, analysis, and writing skills are used and required for this position.

This position will assist the PI in studying how digital connectivity, artificial intelligence, and the technology industry intersect in terms of social, political and cultural dynamics, with emphasis on Global South but also including Western nations and liberal democracies. This research will take place in the context of the current pandemic (though the work is not limited to that) so researchers with a background that contributes to this question are especially encouraged to apply.

Duties include:
1-Carrying out research on how artificial intelligence and digital technologies are transforming social, political and cultural dynamics in various societies.
2-Show interest in, and ability to conceptually think about how technical developments, practices and affordances interact with dynamics of human societies. This is a core job requirement.
3-Researching relevant research, news and incidents on the above topics.
4-Assisting the PI in assessing literature and conducting field and other research.
5-Statistical literacy is an important plus.
6-Creation and writing of bibliographies, reports and papers based on the research and investigations. Strong writing ability as well as being able to work independently without extensive supervision is must.

Educational Requirements

Ph.D required in Social Science or related field. Research interests with a focus on how digital technologies and their economic structure interact with social, political and cultural dynamics in various societies is a plus.

Qualifications and Experience

Competency in social science, its methods including qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Familiarity with the research and literature in how digital technologies and artificial intelligence interact with social, political and cultural dynamics around the world. Strong writing/communication skills are crucial. Must be able to think and work independently but also in close interaction within a multidisciplinary team.

Industry background/experience/familiarity and/or technical background, technical aspects of digital technologies and/or computer science is a plus.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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