The George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics (IDDP) is seeking an exceptional candidate for a full-time, academic research position at the rank of post-doctoral research scientist. The position will begin as soon as possible and the selected candidate will be supervised by Dr. Rebekah Tromble.
The candidate will work on topics broadly related to political mis/disinformation, using experimental methods. Substantive interest in political knowledge, political psychology, public opinion, political behavior and political communication are particularly welcomed. Candidates with extensive backgrounds in using and developing experimental methods are especially encouraged to apply. This position may also help the affiliated researchers to lead and direct the work of research assistants and other staff. The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with Professor Ethan Porter, Misinformation/Disinformation Lab Lead, while also engaging with other IDDP affiliated GWU faculty and researchers. IDDP includes a broad array of engineers, political scientists, psychologists, computer scientists and physicists.
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 specific 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.
- Public engagement, proposal writing, working with RAs as needed, attending IDDP events and promoting IDDP work on social media. Performs other 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.