Data & Society is recruiting one to three Postdoctoral Scholars whose work complements research projects currently underway at the Institute and advances our mission. Postdoctoral Scholars will be expected to work with senior research leadership to construct a viable research project that will both advance scholarly knowledge and contribute to the broader goals of Data & Society.
While at Data & Society, Postdocs will conduct original research; publish findings in both scholarly and public-facing venues; and engage with broader constituencies across numerous disciplines and perspectives. Postdocs are expected to be active members of the Data & Society community–participating in seminars, research exchange, and events; supporting peers in research development; and helping translate scholarly knowledge for a wide range of stakeholders.
Applicants will be asked to propose a potential postdoctoral research project. Candidates should be aware that Data & Society postdoc projects are co-constructed by the Postdoc and the Data & Society team, attentive to constraints in funding and strategic goals. With this in mind, applicants are especially encouraged to envision empirical research projects that address one or more of the following questions:
Additionally, we continuously undertake exploratory work on new topics. Data & Society prioritizes postdoctoral scholars who are embarking on ambitious empirical research projects that address complex sociotechnical questions. We are looking for researchers who have strong methodological and theoretical foundations and experience doing fieldwork or data collection at the intersection of technology and society.
Successful candidates will have a well-established research track record as demonstrated by journal publications and conference papers, as well as other scholarly experience (e.g., participation on program committees, running workshops, etc.). The ideal candidate may be trained in any number of disciplines but should have a strong empirical foundation; be interested in questions related to technology or the Internet and society or culture; and be interested in working in a highly interdisciplinary environment that includes computer scientists, lawyers, social scientists, journalists, and advocates. Candidates should enjoy working on collaborative teams, mentoring junior researchers, and engaging broad audiences with research.
To apply for a Data & Society Postdoctoral Scholar position, we ask you to complete an application at Submittable. You’ll be submitting information about yourself and your work to date, including:
Note that references will automatically receive an email from Submittable, the application platform, prompting them to submit a letter of reference to Data & Society. Please make sure your references whitelist submittable.com.
If you are interested in applying to be a Data & Society Postdoctoral Scholar, please complete the application form by December 6, 2018.
Feel free to contact [email protected] should you have any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.
The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.
Data & Society is an NYC-based non-profit research institute that advances public understanding of the social and cultural implications of data-centric technologies and automation. We conduct interdisciplinary research and build a field of actors to ensure that knowledge guides development and governance of technology. We work to ensure a future in which the values that shape technology are visible and intentionally chosen with respect for human dignity.