[CITASA] Postdoctoral position with Cornell eRulemaking Initiative

Dmitry Epstein de56 at cornell.edu
Tue Mar 4 11:05:26 EST 2014

[apologies for cross-posting]

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the announcement below. I am currently holding this position and
it's been a wonderful experience. I think it can be a great opportunity for
someone interested in online civic engagement.

Please feel free to distribute this widely.


Dmitry Epstein, PhD
Cornell eRulemaking Initiative
Cornell Law School


The following has been posted on the CU career site:

for the next 30 days.

*Job Description*

*Postdoctoral Associate, CeRI - Cornell eRulemaking Initiative-23050*


CeRI (Cornell eRulemaking Initiative) is an interdisciplinary group of
researchers spanning Cornell Law School, the departments of Computer
Science, Communication, and Information Science, and the Scheinman
Institute on Conflict Resolution. The group's research focuses on
sociotechnical systems involved in online civic engagement with complex
policymaking. CeRI operates Regulation Room - an online platform that hosts
live consultations about proposed Federal policy. The senior research team
of CeRI includes Profs. Claire Cardie (Computer Science), Dan Cosley
(Information Science), Cynthia Farina (Law), Susan Fussell (Communication),
and Gilly Leshed (Information Science). Additional information about CeRI
and Regulation Room can be found at http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/ceri/
 and www.regulationroom.org respectively.

We seek a highly motivated and qualified postdoctoral associate to conduct
cutting edge social science research on the tools and practices of online
civic engagement in complex policymaking. Specific topics may include (but
are not limited to) framing, online communities, epistemic communities,
online group dynamics, procedural justice, online collaboration, and
situated knowledge. The exact focus of the associate's research will depend
on his or her interests and qualifications and the team's needs. While the
associate's primary focus will be on research, he/she will also have the
opportunity to assist in teaching an e-government clinic through which the
online research platform, RegRoom.org <http://regroom.org/>, is primarily


An essential element of this position is willingness and ability to bridge
disciplinary boundaries, facilitating and engaging in collaborative
research and publication with various members of the group of faculty and
graduate students involved in CeRI. Candidates should have demonstrated
ability to carry out independent research and have a record of
communicating research results via peer-reviewed publications and
presentations. Expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative social science
research methods is necessary; an ability to think outside the box and
combine methodological approaches is highly desirable.  The postdoctoral
associate must have a Ph.D. in one of the following areas by the time of
employment: communication and technology, HCI, information science,
political science, psychology, sociology, STS or another related area.

This is a full time, one year appointment, with the option to extend
pending promising work and funding. The appointment comes with health
insurance and other employee benefits. The preferred start date is early
Summer 2014, but no later than August 15, 2014.  The institutional home of
the fellow will be at Cornell Law School, but he/she may receive guidance
and mentoring offered by the entire senior CeRI research team.

Interested candidates should submit: (1) a cover letter providing a
high-level overview of their interest in and fit for the position, their
career objectives, and the names and contact information for three
references, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) an in-depth research statement
covering their previous research experience, future research interests, and
potential links to CeRI research, and (4) a relevant sample of published or
submitted work. Prior to submitting their materials, candidates should
review the www.regulationroom.org platform run by CeRI as well as
additional information about the initiative available at
http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/ceri/. Materials should be emailed to John
Niederbuhl, Administrative Assistant to CeRI at jwn3 at cornell.edu. Review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is

*Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great
place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff
impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to
further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement.
Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the
medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha,
Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt
Island in the heart of New York City.*

*Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our
heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.*




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