Nov 29, 2016

Research Analyst (accountability) – apply by Jan 11

Data & Society is seeking a research analyst who is passionate and engaged about topics in the area of media and accountability.
Application deadline extended to January 11, 2017.

Data & Society is an NYC-based research institute dedicated to addressing social, technical, ethical, legal, and policy issues that are emerging because of data-centric technological development. D&S brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks, and public intellectuals to gather, debate, and engage one another on the key issues introduced by the increasing availability of data in society.

The Job

The research analyst will work on “Reimagining Accountability,” a project building from our Algorithms and Publics work, which investigated the role played by algorithms and data-driven processes – and the centralized platforms which use them ‐ in altering political and public discourse.

We are seeking candidates with a background in journalism, media studies, or communications. Candidates should have at least 2-3 years of experience working for nonprofits or industry in those capacities. We are primarily seeking those interested in how the Internet and algorithmic and data-driven processes have changed news media organizations, as well as journalistic practices. We are also interested in someone who has a broader interest in issues at the intersection of technology and society and who is grounded in, or willing to engage with, theories of media and technology.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer, with strong editorial and project management experience. We are particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated experience writing for broad audiences. In part, the job will entail translating research done at Data & Society into public-facing output. Candidates should also have experience with project management and organizing events, such as workshops, and should be committed to increasing diversity (both in viewpoints and in identity) within convenings, conferences, or workshops.


  • Postgraduate work in journalism, media studies, communication, or social science disciplines. Current New York City-based PhD students will be considered as long as they have flexibility in their schedules; students doing coursework typically do not.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Public speaking skills a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of qualitative methodology and/or technical analysis abilities.
  • Experience in editorial, and in public-facing writing. Experience producing literature reviews a big plus!
  • Experience in project management, or as a managing editor at a publication, nonprofit, or in industry.
  • Knowledge of technology, media, information policy, media history, organizational theory, accountability, and/or governance frameworks within public policy is especially desirable.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with policy research and methodologies and have knowledge of the debates and challenges introduced by algorithmic models and data-driven systems. Preference will be given to full-time candidates currently living in the New York City area.

Practical Considerations

  • You will be expected to work from the Data & Society office for 80% of your working hours, unless traveling for pre-approved fieldwork, conferences, or meetings.
  • You must be eligible to work in the United States; we are unable to sponsor visas.


By DECEMBER 19, 2016 JANUARY 11, 2017, please send the following materials to / Subject: Research Analyst
  1. A cover letter that includes current city of residence, available start date, and any other practical consideration that may be important for us to know. Please indicate that you are eligible to work in the US without visa sponsorship. Cover letter should also make clear whether you are available full time or part time. Please include links to your online presence (e.g. blog, homepage, Twitter, journalistic endeavors, etc.).
  2. One-page, single-spaced personal statement of interest, including a description of research experience, interests, and professional goals. Background working on issues related to the position should be highlighted here.
  3. CV, including publications.
  4. The names and email addresses of two recommenders.
  5. Writing sample: single-authored piece no longer than 15 pages; recent news clip, blog post, or literature review preferred.

Feel free to contact us 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 the Data & Society Research Institute 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.