The Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics (IDDP) seeks exceptional candidates for a full-time, academic research position at the rank of postdoctoral associate.
IDDP is a multidisciplinary research initiative intended to strengthen democratic dialog and institutions through research and engagement with policymakers, journalists, and the public.
The position will begin in August. The position is for a one-year term. Candidates will work on topics related to user behavior on digital platforms, the health of multiracial democracy in the United States, and the dynamics of online news and political information. IDDP offers an exceptional opportunity to work closely with world-class faculty across the university, including political scientists, communication scholars, engineers, and computer scientists. Candidates should be technically capable researchers who are also interested in asking bold, new questions with data. This position is located at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, DC, and will report to Dr. Rebekah Tromble.
Postdocs will design, organize and conduct specialized and advanced experiments using established scientific protocols, troubleshoot and design new protocols, summarize findings and publish results in research journals, under the general supervision of a faculty member. In some cases, postdocs will assume general responsibility for general scientific operations in the lab, and/or provide supervision and guidance to laboratory staff, trainees, and other researchers.
- Collaborate with affiliated researchers and faculty pursuing more narrowly specified projects in addition to the pursuit of individual project interests.
- Pursue projects that utilize or directly collect large-volume data from digital platforms to understand the dynamics of information spread in the online public sphere,
- Perform data analysis using R and/or Python or similar software tools, as well as assisting with large scale collection, cleaning, and organization of data assets.
- Classify online activity and social media accounts of interest using both quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as assisting affiliated researchers and research staff in this task.
- Engage with the scholars and policymakers in the area in relation to the ongoing project.
- 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.
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.
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.