[CITASA] Post Doctoral Positions in Social Network @ Northwestern University

Noshir Contractor ncontractor at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 18:31:36 EDT 2010


Post Doctoral Positions in Social Network Research @ Northwestern University


The Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Laboratory at Northwestern
University (http://sonic.northwestern.edu) invites applications for up to
three post doctoral positions. SONIC lab members utilize and advance social
network theories, methods, and web-based tools to better understand and
facilitate social networks in a variety of contexts, including communities
of practice; science, engineering, and medical communities; and communities
involved in emergency response, public health, climate change, and virtual
worlds. Current research projects include several multi-year efforts funded
in part by the US National Science Foundation, National Institutes of
Health, Army Research Institute, Army Research Laboratory, Air Force
Research Laboratory, MacArthur Foundation, and the City of Chicago. Hires
will be expected to conduct social network research in several of the
on-going projects, to take leadership in initiating new interdisciplinary
research projects, and to co-mentor junior lab members. Hires will also have
an affiliation with the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO;
http://www.northwestern.edu/nico/) to facilitate interaction and
collaboration with a broader community of network researchers.


Key Responsibilities (one or more of the following):


. Develop theoretical and conceptual frameworks to investigate factors that
leads to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked
social and knowledge networks  

. Utilize and extend methods for mathematical, statistical, and
computational modeling of networks

. Develop and implement socio-technical algorithms for network recommender

. Utilize and develop innovative techniques for data collection,
integration, and management of large-scale multidimensional social networks
from surveys and digital sources/traces

. Implement algorithms for modeling large-scale social networks in high
performance (Petascale) computing environments. 


Qualifications: We invite applications from US and international scholars
with PhDs from a wide variety of disciplines, with interest and expertise in
one or more of the following areas: 


. Social scientific theories of network emergence and evolution 

. Modeling of networks:  mathematical, statistical, computational 

. Web Science and Semantic Web technologies

. Data-mining algorithms to detect networks

. High performance and cloud computing 

. Visualization of networks 

. Network optimization methods


Compensation: The appointment will carry an annual stipend commensurate with
qualifications and experience in addition to standard benefits provided to
all employees of Northwestern University.


Application Procedures: Applicants must submit by email the following:  1) a
curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and prior research
experience if applicable; 2) a brief statement of research interest and
experiences relevant to the activities of SONIC, and 3) names, affiliations,
and contact information for three references. Send all application materials
as well as any inquiries to Professor Noshir Contractor,
nosh at northwestern.edu. Appointment starting date and duration are
negotiable. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.


Northwestern University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer,
and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

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