Job Announcements

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.

http://direitorio.fgv.br/fellowship-program-for-doctoral-candidates-and-post-doc-researchers

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 (c.puschmann@hans-bredow-institut.de). Please note that applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 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 applications@hertie-school.org. The deadline for full consideration is 6 March 2017. Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Markus Jachtenfuchs at jachtenfuchs@hertie-school.org.

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.