We Are Hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher to Study Dis/Mis-Information Campaigns at Scale

Research Unit: Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)
Position supervisors: Anatoliy Gruzd and Philip Mai
Contract length: 1 year, with potential of a one-year renewal
Start: Fall 2021 (exact date: negotiable)
Position type: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Deadline date: The review process will start on June 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


The Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada is seeking a highly motivated and creative Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in applying and evaluating various computational approaches for large-scale network visualization and analysis.

The Opportunity

Applicants must have demonstrable expertise in using social network analysis and visualization techniques. In addition, applicants must also have strong research writing and communication skills and a passion for data analysis.

The position will be for a period of one year with a preferred start date in the Fall of 2021 (an earlier start date is also possible). The salary is $50-60k CAD per annum (based on experience) plus a comprehensive benefits package.

The successful candidate will be a member of Ryerson University’s Social Media Lab, headed by co-directors Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd, Canada Research Chair and Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management and Philip Mai, Director of Business and Communications. The researcher must be available to work onsite at the Social Media Lab in Toronto, Canada.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to collaborate actively with all team members and contribute to the intellectual life of the lab. The successful candidate responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • applying and evaluating distributed computing solutions and other computational techniques for large-scale network visualization and analysis;
  • applying the proposed methods to study the dissemination and reach of known dis/mis-information campaigns on social media sites such as Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, etc…
  • contributing substantially to other research projects and publications of the lab, and other related tasks as they arise,
  • communicating regularly with the project team,
  • actively participating in the knowledge management and translation of the lab research via journals, conferences, the lab’s website and via our various social media channels.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A doctorate in one of the following areas: Information Systems, Computer Science, Computational Social Science, Network Science, Communication, Complex Systems, Computer Engineering, Digital Sociology, or a related field is required;
  • Working knowledge of computer programming and analyzing large-size datasets;
  • Working knowledge of social network analysis;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Highly organized;
  • Independent;

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Hands-on experience with distributed frameworks and parallel algorithms;
  • Strong publication record in the field of expertise;

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To apply:

  • You must have completed all requirements of your doctoral degree no more than 2 years from the start of the fellowship.
  • Not hold a permanent faculty position or a faculty position leading to permanency.

TO APPLY:

Candidates should submit the following materials as one PDF file electronically to Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd and Mr. Philip Mai at [email protected].

  1. Cover Letter that describes your relevant background and skills, range of interests and career goals,
  2. Academic CV,
  3. The name and contact information for three research references (one reference should be your doctoral advisor); Reference letters will only be solicited from the short-listed candidates,
  4. Sample publication.

DEADLINE:

  • The review process will start on June 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

INSTITUTIONAL BACKGROUND:

The Social Media Lab is an internationally engaged multi- and interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. The lab studies how social media is changing the ways in which people and organizations communicate, disseminate information, conduct business and form communities online, and how these changes impact society. The lab’s research seeks to advance the public’s understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of social media adoption.

The Social Media Lab was established in 2010 and is the first of its kind in North America. It is led by co-directors, Anatoliy Gruzd (PhD) – Dir. of Research and Philip Mai (JD) – Director of Business and Communications. The lab is internationally recognized and attracts a diverse range of outstanding multidisciplinary scholars from around the world each year. It is a leader in social media studies and is the convener of the annual International Conference on Social Media and Society (#SMSociety).

The lab’s expertise lies in studying online communities and social networks, and developing new methods for analyzing and visualizing social media data. The Social Media Lab conducts research in a wide variety of areas including: Academia, Health, Information Privacy, Mis/Dis-information, Online Communities, Organizational Social Media Use, and Politics. The broad aim of the lab’s various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviors and relationships of online social network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions. We also develop research apps, tools and methods for collecting, analyzing and visualizing publicly available social media data.

Ted Rogers School of Management is home to nearly 11,000 students and more than 250 industry-connected faculty, the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University is Canada’s leading diverse, entrepreneurial business school centred in an urban learning environment.

TRSM offers 12 Bachelor of Commerce degrees, two Bachelor of Health Administration degrees, the Ted Rogers MBA, a Professional Master’s Diploma in Accounting, customized Executive Education courses, a Master of Health Administration (Community Care) and a Master of Science in Management, as well as a new PhD in Management. TRSM is also home to 15 innovative research centres, institutes and labs.

Ryerson University (with over 45,000 undergraduate and graduate students) is located in the heart of one of the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse urban centres. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth, as evidenced by externally funded research doubling in the past 5 years. Longstanding partnerships with community, industry, government, and professional practice drive research and innovation that responds to real-world problems. The University’s academic plan, Our Time to Lead, can be found at https://www.ryerson.ca/provost/academic-plan/.

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.