Job Announcements

November 2017

Call for applications! 2018 summer internship, MSR Social Media Collective

Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for advanced PhD students to join the Social Media Collective (SMC) for its 12-week Internship program. The Social Media Collective (in New England, we are Nancy Baym, Tarleton Gillespie, and Mary Gray, with current postdocs Dan Greene and Dylan Mulvin) bring together empirical and critical perspectives to understand the political and cultural dynamics that underpin social media technologies. Learn more about us here.

Application deadline: January 19, 2018

MSRNE internships are 12-week paid stays in our lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During their stay, SMC interns are expected to devise and execute their own research project, distinct from the focus of their dissertation (see the project requirements below). The expected outcome is a draft of a publishable scholarly paper for an academic journal or conference of the intern’s choosing. Our goal is to help the intern advance their own career; interns are strongly encouraged to work towards a creative outcome that will help them on the academic job market.

The ideal candidate may be trained in any number of disciplines (including anthropology, communication, information studies, media studies, sociology, science and technology studies, or a related field), but should have a strong social scientific or humanistic methodological, analytical, and theoretical foundation, be interested in questions related to media or communication technologies and society or culture, and be interested in working in a highly interdisciplinary environment that includes computer scientists, mathematicians, and economists.


Yale Information Society Project now accepting applications for funded 2018-19 Resident Fellowship.

The ISP Resident Fellowship is designed for recent graduates of law or Ph.D. programs interested in an academic career and whose research is related to any of the ISP research areas.

Applicants must have completed their J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship. ISP Resident Fellows are expected to write at least two academic works per year, to attend all ISP events, be present in the ISP facilities three full days per week, and to contribute to ISP programming. ISP Resident fellows are strongly urged to reside in the New Haven area.

ISP-funded Resident Fellowships normally begin on July 1 and last for one year; fellows in residence may apply for a second year of support. Fellows receive a salary of USD $47,484 per year plus Yale benefits, a travel stipend, and office space at the ISP.

The ISP also offers self-funded Resident Fellowships for individuals with their own sources of funding—for example, winners of Fulbright or other fellowship awards. The application requirements are identical. Please indicate the sources of funding in your application.

Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the Resident Fellowship
  • A research agenda (5 pages max)
  • A resume or CV
  • A law/graduate school transcript
  • At least one scholarly writing sample (in English)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications for ISP-funded Resident Fellowships must be postmarked no later than January 8, 2018. Applications for self-funded Resident Fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please submit applications in electronic form to Annie Cooper.

More info available here.

October 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University

The Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at Indiana University is still accepting applications for a postdoc position on Information Diffusion in Online Social Networks. 

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in computing, mathematical or physical sciences; a strong background in analysis and modeling of complex systems and networks; a strong interest in computational social science; and solid programming skills necessary to handle big data and develop large-scale simulations.

More info here.

Join AI Now as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU

AI Now is looking for two to three postdoctoral researchers whose work resonates with the Institute’s mission. This position is an ideal opportunity for scholars who are interested in understanding the growing role of AI and related technologies within social and political institutions, and who are excited by the idea of shaping a new and far-ranging research field.

More info here.

Three Fellowship Opportunities for African Doctoral Candidates

The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote the next generation of social science researchers in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.

The application deadline is November 17, 2017.

More info here.

CAMRI Policy Observatory Research Fellow, University of Westminster, London

The CAMRI Policy Observatory Research Fellow will work in the newly launched CAMRI Policy Observatory. The post will involve monitoring the policy environment nationally and internationally and mapping important policy issues; identifying key policy areas where CAMRI members can make interventions; cultivating links with policy stakeholders (including civil society); producing policy briefings for key policy areas; aiding CAMRI members in the organisation and publicity of networking events with policy-makers; publicising our impact on policy through blog posts on the CAMRI blog or social media activity; identifying funding opportunities and applying for funding for the CAMRI Policy Observatory.Successful applicants will have Ph.D. or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience. A high level of analytical capability, as well as the ability to communicate information clearly, are also essential.

Closing date:  18 October 2017

More info here.

Tenure-track social media faculty position, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising seeks a colleague whose research and teaching will focus on social media analytics. This is a full-time, nine-month tenure-track position in our nationally recognized program at a world-class university. The successful candidate will have a research program that contributes knowledge to theory through research involving data analytics in advertising and strategic communication (broadly defined). We welcome all applicants doing innovative work, regardless of methodological focus. Areas of specialization could include but are not limited to social media analytics, application of research and analysis of large data sets for developing persuasive messages or managerial strategy, data visualization, audience analysis, and modeling for the prediction of communication impact. 

Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 23, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decisions will be made until after that date. The review will continue until the position has been filled. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Jane Dowler at or 217-333-2351.

More info here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Business Information Systems at University of Syndey

We are currently seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Business Information Systems, at the Associate Lecturer level. The position will be located in the ARC Linkage project “Evidence-based Management for Enterprise Social Networking Success (LP150101261), co-funded by the Australian Research Council and Capgemini Australia Pty Ltd.

More info here.


September 2017

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Multimedia Journalism at Lamar University

The Department of Communication at Lamar University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Multimedia Journalism. We are seeking a colleague whose experience and expertise complements that of our existing faculty and a colleague who will bring new perspectives to our discussions of curriculum revision and departmental strategic planning.

More info here.

Cyber Initiative and Special Projects Fellow at Hewlett Foundation

The fellow will work closely with the Program Officer for the Cyber Initiative, who will provide the fellow with direction on the initiative’s grantmaking activities. Launched in March 2014, the goal of the initiative (and its $70 million grantmaking budget) is to build a capable field of cyber policy experts and expertise. The Cyber Initiative takes a broad view of cyber policy to include issues ranging from encryption to net neutrality to Internet governance to cyber conflict. Moreover, the 2016 election dramatically raised awareness about cybersecurity and democratic institutions– highlighting new needs, but also creating new opportunities.

More info here.

Tenure-track Digital Media Faculty Position at UC Santa Barbara

The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of digital communication at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field prior to the start date and a strong social science background with a record of publishing innovative, empirical research. We seek candidates whose fundamental research interest is in the social dynamics, processes, and/or outcomes of digital technologies. Such a scholar’s research foregrounds the basic communicative and social processes that are evolving as a consequence of contemporary media technologies, rather than the specific tools that currently facilitate these processes. This position will bridge interests within our department and beyond. Candidates will be expected to teach courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and be active in professional and campus service.

More info here.

Five Tenure-line Positions at the University of Oregon

Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor, English & Media Studies at Bentley University

The Department of English and Media Studies at Bentley University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Communication at either the Assistant or Associate level. The ideal candidate will be able to teach public speaking, intercultural communication, rhetorical theory, and will take a leadership role in developing new communication courses. We are particularly interested in scholars with research and teaching interests in African American, Latinx, and Asian American communication studies.

More info here.

Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation

A Nieman Fellowship is an extraordinary, transformative learning opportunity open to journalists working in all media in every country around the world. The Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellowship in Journalism Innovation is available to both United States citizens and citizens of other countries. The fellowship is a collaboration between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. The fellowship brings individuals to Harvard University to work on a specific course of research or a specific project relating to journalism innovation.

More info here.

Associate Director of the Digital Liberal Arts / Professor of the Practice at Middlebury College

Middlebury College invites applications for a new faculty position of Associate Director of the Digital Liberal Arts /  Professor of the Practice. Situated within the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research and reporting to the Dean for Faculty Development and Research, this open-rank faculty member will play a leadership role in sustaining and growing Middlebury’s efforts in digital scholarship and innovative pedagogy. The position will commence January 2018 and be appointed until June 2021, with potential for renewal.

More info here.

Communications and Tech Faculty Position at Rutgers School of Communication & Information

The Department of Communication seeks an assistant, associate, full, or distinguished professor in the Communication and Technology area for Fall 2018. Applications from junior scholars are encouraged. We welcome applications from scholars conducting theory-driven research that addresses real-world problems. Ideal candidates will place technology at the forefront of their investigations into how those innovations are changing communication processes and contexts. Our full-time faculty span a wide range of empirical approaches in their research, and we welcome applications from quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods scholars.

More info here.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Media Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is hiring an Assistant or Associate Professor in Media Law, with a preferred research focus on the law and emerging technologies, digital media in the context of intellectual property, privacy, surveillance, and regulation, or contemporary issues relating to press and expressive freedom.

More info here.

Tenure-track positions in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for multiple open rank tenure-track faculty positions as part of a multi-year faculty hiring initiative in the Data Sciences. We are interested in a broad range of areas related to data science, and we are particularly interested in applicants with strong interdisciplinary research interests. Areas of interests include, but are not limited to artificial intelligence, computational social science, cognitive science, data management, data mining, data science for social good, machine learning, and natural language processing. Applicants must have a strong interest in engaging in substantive interdisciplinary research with collaborators in other disciplines.

More info here.

ACLU hiring Technology & Civil Liberties Policy Attorney or Technologist

The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks an experienced and innovative Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Attorney or Technologist who thrives in a collaborative organization and can skillfully handle diverse approaches to a broad privacy, free speech, and technology docket. This position joins our Technology and Civil Liberties team, nationally recognized for its use of cutting-edge legal, policy, and technology strategies, in the San Francisco office and reports to the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director for the ACLU of California.

Deadline: October 8, 2017

More info here

A useful resource on careers in Academia from McGill University’s Jonathan Sterne

Welcome to my ever-expanding collection of academic professionalization resources. The goal is to render the opaque parts of the job as transparent as possible.

TechCongress Innovation Fellowships

TechCongress is building 21st century government with technology talent through our Congressional Innovation Fellowship.  We are bridging the divide between Congress and the technology sector by placing tech savvy individuals like you to work with Members of Congress and Congressional Committees in order to build capacity in Congress, train cross-sector leaders — who can understand the challenges of government and in the technology community — and keep Congress up to date about the latest challenges and opportunities relating to technology.

As a Congressional Innovation Fellow you will:

Work with TechCongress to choose a placement with a Member or Congress or Congressional Committee and report directly to a senior staffer (like a Chief of Staff or Staff Director) in that office from January 2018 through December 2018.Perform duties similar to other Congressional staff by applying your experience in technology to a variety of work, including:

  • Researching relevant policymaking (on issues like encryption, autonomous vehicle regulations, health IT,  government hacking, privacy, open data, cyber/data security and many others)
  • Helping educate Members and staff about these issues
  • Researching legislation
  • Preparing for and organizing Committee hearings, markups, or investigations
  • Building coalitions with partners and other groups.
  • Develop and produce a fellowship project on an issue of your choosing.
  • Support TechCongress by writing about and presenting on your experience periodically, and represent TechCongress and the Congressional Innovation Fellowship at meetings or events.

TechCongress offers you a $70,000/year stipend and reimbursements of up to $2,500 for relocation, $1,500 for necessary travel and/or equipment costs and $350/month for health benefits.  TechCongress has a collaborative, mission-driven, and fun culture.

More information available here.

Clinical Fellow, Innovation, and Technology Law Lab, Suffolk University

Suffolk University’s School of Law invites applications for a Clinical Fellow position in the Law Clinical Program department. The anticipated start date is Fall, 2017. More info here.

Postdoctoral Associate Openings at Cornell Tech (NYC)

Cornell Tech is accepting applications for one or two postdoctoral positions to conduct research on technical, philosophical, ethical, and legal issues relating to privacy, data science, and AI. Applications are welcome from recent Ph.D. graduates with a range of disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. computer and information science, philosophy, data science, media studies, public policy, social science, etc.). Law graduates or ABDs with strong backgrounds or work experience in related fields are also eligible to apply. The projects supporting these fellowships are supervised by Professor Helen Nissenbaum, in collaboration with other Cornell Tech faculty and with researchers at other U.S. research institutions. These are one-year positions with renewal for a second year depending on further funding.

Postdoctoral Associates are expected to reside in the New York area and encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of Cornell Tech. Applications should be sent by email to Vasilis Drimaltis (  and should include: a CV, up to two publications (or writing samples), the names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s relevant background, accomplishments, and fit with the position. A transcript of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable) may also be requested. For substantive questions related to the research or positions please contact Prof. Helen Nissenbaum (

Positions are available immediately but there is flexibility with start date depending on the needs of suitable candidates.  Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 and continue until positions are filled. More information available here

Doctoral and Postdoctoral positions with WZB Berlin Social Science Center

WZB Berlin Social Science Center is hiring social science scholars for the third-party funded collaborative project “German Internet Institute for the Networked Society” (doctoral and postdoc-level):

Applications are due on 10.09.2017.

The Internet Institute receives funding of EUR 50 million from the BMBF in the first five years. The task of the Institute will be to examine current societal changes that are emerging in the context of digitization and to outline future political and economic options for action. One of the focal points of the Berlin-Brandenburg consortium is the interaction of social, economic and legal sciences with design research and computer science. Interdisciplinary basic research and the exploration of concrete solutions in practice-oriented labs are linked with the transfer of knowledge in politics, business and society.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Media Methods at University of Sydney

As a leading media and communications department with a global profile, quality and breadth of research, and strong reputation for social impact and engagement, the Department of Media and Communications (MECO) wishes to appoint an outstanding postdoctoral researcher for a two-year fixed-term contract in the area of digital media methods, and broader area of digital humanities and social sciences.

More info here.

April 2017

Five associate professor or professor posts in the New Social Research program

The University of Tampere is an internationally renowned research-led university and one of the few in the world to specialise in the social sciences.  It has a lively, multidisciplinary and international research environment with a staff of 2,200 and 15,000 students.

The University places strong emphasis on rigorous scholarship in areas of significant social relevance. To help achieve this objective, the University has commenced the New Social Research programme. NSR has five core themes: governing complexity; transformation of agency and empowerment; the changing nature of work; the future of well-being, and; new forms of communication, information and interaction. NSR will become a truly international programme, working across disciplinary boundaries and in partnership with a wide range of external stakeholders nationally and internationally. More information on NSR is available at the programme website.

At the centre of the programme are eleven fully-funded associate or full professor posts. The director, Professor Rebecca Boden, and the first six appointments are already in place. The University of Tampere is now seeking to complete the team by appointing a further five associate or full professors. Appointees will have dual affiliation between NSR and an appropriate faculty, ensuring a clear career trajectory, and at the end of this period it is anticipated that they will take up permanent posts in one of the University’s faculties, as appropriate.

The University of Tampere is seeking highly motivated and accomplished academics who will be active and innovative co-builders of the NSR programme as research leaders. In addition to developing a strong individual research profile within the broad remit of NSR’s activities, you would work collaboratively with fellow NSR researchers to achieve significant programme synergies. Activities would include: effective research leadership (particularly of early career academics); facilitating the development of the NSR profile nationally and internationally; and seeking, winning and managing major research funding. A key role of the NSR programme is to make a major contribution to the further development of the University’s research profile more generally. As such, you would be expected to work collaboratively and constructively with appropriate faculties to embed programme gains across the institution.  Whilst the main emphasis of these roles for the first five years is on research, you would be expected to make a gradually increasing and expertise-appropriate contribution to research-led teaching, curriculum development and research student supervision in the faculties.

More info here.

Application Extended: Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

June 26-July 7

The deadline has been extended for applications to the 19th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held from Monday, June 26 to Friday, July 7, 2017 at the University of Oxford. Applications are now due by Friday, April 14

The 2017 Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute seeks applicants whose research or work is related to the relationship between international media laws and national jurisdictions, online censorship and surveillance, media activism and political change, the impact of social media on the public sphere, the role of corporations in media governance, strategic communications and propaganda, media access issues, online extremism and hate speech, net neutrality, and global internet governance processes. Applications are encouraged from students studying communication, sociology, political science, international relations, information studies, and related disciplines. Practitioners working in media, law, policy, regulation, and technology are also encouraged to apply.

More info here.

March 2017

Fellows in Rio program for doctoral candidates and post-doc researchers

Fellows in Rio is the annual fellowship program of FGV Direito Rio. The goal of the program is to support a select group of highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral scholars working in areas related to the School’s research centers. It seeks to offer economic and intellectual resources to support insightful and promising young legal scholars.

The fellows participate in projects at the school’s research centers, along with developing their own research. They receive a six-month scholarship, in the amount of R$ 36,000.00 for doctoral students and R$ 45,000.00 for doctors. They will also have the opportunity to give short courses to students, and participate in workshops with researchers and professors.

In the first edition (2014-15), FGV Direito Rio received 162 applications, from 24 countries. In the second edition (2015-16), FGV Direito Rio received 112 applications from 27 countries.

A new call for applications is available.

ARTICLE 19 – Internet of Rights Fellowship

Are you someone who is passionate about ensuring human rights online? Are you interested in learning more about human rights and its application to Internet governance and standards development? Do you believe that the Internet should function as a free and open civic space? If so, we want you to work with us on fostering digital freedom at the infrastructural level of the Internet.

For more information, and details on how to apply, view this document.

Application deadline: Friday 17 March

Call for Applications: Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowships “Algorithmed Public Spheres” (Hamburg)

SUMMARYThe Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for international postdoctoral research fellows who will conduct innovative research on the social and cultural impact of algorithms during stays of 3-12 months in Hamburg in the academic year 2017/2018.

DESCRIPTIONThe Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research is a publicly funded research institute that focuses on the study of mediated public communication. Its research encompasses both broadcast and digital communication from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.

The postdoctoral research network Algorithmed Public Spheres was established to study the relevance of algorithms for the constitution of the public sphere. We emphasize in particular the importance of algorithms for filtering, ranking and selecting media content and for structuring digital communication. In contrast to the use of data mining in areas such as healthcare, credit scoring and general business analytics, where such techniques have a long tradition, the impact of algorithms on the public sphere poses novel challenges. How are communication, media, and public discourse impacted by transferring the dominant logics of consumption from other industries to news, information, and political deliberation, implemented in social media platforms, search engines, and on news websites?

Research in this area could include:

  • Measurement of algorithmic bias and discrimination
  • Feedback effects in recommender systems
  • Assessment of potential filter bubbles
  • Algorithms in news production, distribution and consumption processes
  • User interaction with and rationalization of algorithms

We invite applications for international postdoctoral research fellows from fields including, but not restricted to, computer and information science, communication and media studies, law, sociology and philosophy, who will conduct innovative research on the social and cultural impact of algorithms during stays of 3-12 months in Hamburg in the academic year 2017/2018. We particularly welcome cross-cutting research proposals that integrate technical and social perspectives and result in concrete outcomes, for example in the form of peer-reviewed research articles or proposals for externally funded projects.

Up to two funded fellowships will be awarded as result of this call. The fellowships cover airfare and a contribution to the accommodation and subsistence in Hamburg. In specific cases, we may offer a temporary employment contract instead of a scholarship.

To apply, please send a cover letter (one page), a project proposal (up to three pages) and your CV (up to four pages), including a list of your most relevant publications (maximum of five), to Cornelius Puschmann ( Please note that applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


  • Application deadline: April 1, 2017
  • Announcement of 2017/2018 Fellows: May 1, 2017

February 2017

Research project on ‘Evolving Internet Interfaces: Content Control and Privacy Protection’ at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin is offering two positions (3 years) for researchers starting 1 June 2017.
The interdisciplinary research group, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), focuses on the rise of interface conflicts within and across overlapping spheres of authority. Within this research group, the project on Evolving Internet Interfaces, directed by Prof. Markus Jachtenfuchs, analyses conflicts between spheres of authority in transnational internet governance. It focusses on conflicts between public and private authority as well as on conflicts between national and international/transnational spheres. The project will analyze the evolution of these interface conflicts over time, the normative justifications employed and the outcomes of those conflicts in the fields of content control and privacy protection. The positions are for these two empirical fields.

The successful applicants will be given the opportunity to be integrated into the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies and obtain her/his PhD degree.To apply: Please send your complete application including a motivation letter with reference to the theme of the project, a CV, copies of relevant certificates and names of two potential references. The materials should be e-mailed as one pdf file using the headline “Internet Interfaces” to The deadline for full consideration is 6 March 2017. Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Markus Jachtenfuchs at

NYU Information Law Institute Research Fellowships Available for 2017-18
The Information Law Institute at NYU is accepting applications for research fellowships to begin in Fall 2017.  The initial fellowship term is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  Applicants should hold a law degree or a Ph.D. in a relevant area, and show interest and promise in conducting research and writing.   We will give preference to applicants with demonstrated interest in ILI areas of focus, including privacy, algorithms and automated decision-making, and information/data ethics and politics.
Research fellows will devote time to their own research, to collaborative projects, and to planning ILI events.  Teaching may be an option, depending on availability and interest. Collaborative projects will be supervised by ILI faculty.Fellows are expected to reside in the New York area, participate in Information Law Institute activities, attend weekly meetings of ILI’s multidisciplinary Privacy Research Group, and participate in regular Fellows’ meetings. They will also have ample opportunity to interact with faculty in the School of Law and other departments at NYU, and to take part in the lively intellectual life of the university and New York City.

Applications (by email) and inquiries should be addressed to ILI administrator Nicole Arzt, and should include: a CV, copies of 2 relevant publications or writing samples, a transcript of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable), the names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s relevant background and accomplishments and outlining his or her perceived fit with the ILI.  We will begin reviewing applications on February 15 and continue until the positions are filled.

Pew Research Center – Research Analyst, Journalism
The Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Analyst to support its portfolio of journalism & news media research. The Research Analyst will be part of the Journalism research team, which conducts studies on news and information in a changing society. Core topics include how news is consumed, who is reporting it, and how technology is shaping the information landscape. Its goal is to help policy makers, journalists, professional communicators and the public, as well as other researchers and scholars, develop a better understanding of the revolution in the news and media landscape.