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Postdoctoral Associate

George Washington University

Job Description


Posting Details
I. DEPARTMENT INFORMATION
Job Description Summary:
GW has everything you need to succeed in discovery. Outstanding research , state-of-the-art facilities and world-class faculty support discovery and innovative solutions. Researchers and faculty across campus advance interdisciplinary and emerging research and scholarship. Our active GW Postdoctoral Association welcomes your engagement in social and professional activities as you join our research teams. Research guides, coding and data management solutions as well as extensive online journals from GW Libraries help to guide your study. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) supports the research infrastructure and facilitates several institutional research initiatives .
The George Washington University Political Science Department is seeking an exceptional candidate for a full-time, academic research position at the rank of postdoctoral associate. The term of this position is one year beginning in July 2023. The researcher will work on topics broadly related to online hate and extremism, using computational and statistical methods. Substantive interest in social media research is particularly welcomed. Candidates with experience using machine learning and natural-language processing tools are especially encouraged to apply.
The postdoctoral associate will work closely with Professor Yonatan Lupu, while also engaging with other participating researchers in the GW Dynamic Online Networks Lab. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to all parts of the research process, including design, implementation, manuscript preparation, and presentation of results.
Responsibilities include:
Design research projects on online extremism
Collect and analyze data from social media platforms
Manuscript preparation and presentation
Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
A Postdoctoral Associate:
· holds a PhD or equivalent degree;
· develops skills by participating in scholarly projects that are actively mentored by a member of the university faculty;
· receives financial support in the form of a salary that is typically funded by grants, contracts or departmental funds secured by a faculty mentor; and has a limited term of up to five years at GW.
In collaboration with experienced researchers, this role will participate in the planning and conduction of discovery research, data analysis and interpretation, preparation of materials for publication, presentations at conferences and meetings, and may develop new theories and methodologies. This role can expect timely advice as to research directions and career planning for a future independent career.
Special Instructions to the Applicant:
Appointments are limited-term and are designed for those who have recently received a doctorate. Appointments are made to academic departments with the approval of the department head and may require senior officer approval. Appointments are usually for not less than one term and are normally not renewed beyond a total of five years. This appointment is not intended for long-term, indefinite, or career appointments.
Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a Doctoral degree or comparable doctoral degree in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
? PhD in fields including political science, computational social science, computer science, social psychology, complex systems, judgment and decision-making, social network analysis, or other related fields
? Completion of upper level (undergraduate) and/or graduate level coursework involving computer programming.
? Fluency in one or more of the following requested: R, Python, and similar languages.
? A successful candidate will have familiarity with both social science and computational science, though not necessarily mastery of both.
? Strong communication skills
?The ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment
Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience How is pay for new employees determined at GW?

II. POSITION INFORMATION
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS)
Family Research and Labs
Sub-Family Laboratory Research
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 3
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Will this job require the employee to work on site? No
Employee Onsite Status Hybrid
Telework:
Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status
1-2 published papers, or equivalent writing samples that best demonstrate your expertise and fit for the position;
One research statement (3-5 pages) that outlines both your research achievements and agenda, and your service and outreach activities and plans.
Names and contact information of three professional references;
Provide a link to candidate’s professional webpage and Google Scholar page (if applicable).
Internal Applicants Only? No
Posting Number: R001675
Job Open Date: 08/15/2022
Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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