[CITASA] Research positions at Bell Labs Cambridge

Daniele Quercia daniele.quercia at gmail.com
Tue Nov 24 15:38:00 EST 2015

Dear all,

Bell Labs Cambridge UK is hiring!

We want to meet creative interns, postdocs and (both junior and senior)
scientists eager to explore the area of Computational Social Science. We’re
currently seeking candidates in the areas of Technology and Society,
Visualization and Interaction Design, and Data Science. If you love the
idea, please get in touch with me (daniele.quercia at alcatel-lucent.com) and
feel  free to share this email with your mailing lists, departments, labs,
and any excellent candidate.


- daniele
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good city life <http://goodcitylife.org/>

About You
We are looking for candidates in three main areas, but exceptional
candidates in other related areas will receive full consideration.

Technology and Society
We are looking for candidates interested in questions related to
“technology and society”. Their works should draw on anthropology,
communication, sociology, or technology studies. Those with a background in
urban studies are also encouraged to apply. Understanding of sensor
technologies and data analytics is beneficial.

Visualization and Interaction Design
We are looking for candidates passionate about data visualization and
interactive data analysis tools. Candidates should be interested in
advancing the state of the art on visual analytics and may come from a
variety of academic backgrounds and experiences (from, e.g., Information
Visualization or  Human-Computer Interaction).  They should be able to
design data visualization tools and prototype them (both the frond and back
end). This might require prototyping skills with d3.js and Processing, data
visualization skills with ArcGIS and Tableau, coding skills with Javascript
frameworks, and mapping skills with Leaflet, Mapbox, or CartoDB.

Data Science
Finally, we are looking for candidates interested in harnessing digital
data (e.g., social media, mobile phone records) to better understand social
dynamics. Their works should draw on physics, mathematics, computer
science, or engineering. They should be interested in complex systems
analysis and in handling large-scale data sets.  Practical skills in SQL,
Matlab, Python are expected. C++, Java, Hadoop, MapReduce are a plus.

About Us
Bell Labs is a worldwide research and development community that focuses
its efforts on key technologies for telecommunications. It is
internationally renowned as the birthplace of modern information theory,
the transistor, the laser and the UNIX operating system.  Nowadays we are
working on the network of 2020. In this new scenario of interconnected
things, people will, almost more than ever before, matter. The Social
Dynamics team in Cambridge works on the idea of a society empowered by
digital data. As part of the emerging research area of “Computational
Social Science”, the team answers questions typical of the social sciences
using computational methods. The team provides a vibrant multidisciplinary
research environment with close links to top academics.

How to Apply
Both junior and senior research scientists must have a well-established
research track record demonstrated by journal publications and conference
papers, as well as participation on program committees, editorial boards,
and advisory panels. Postdocs should have a few top-tier publications.
Interns should have strong methodological skills (which vary depending on
the field) and might benefit from having one top-tier publication. For any
position, an interest in working in a highly interdisciplinary environment
is essential. Please send your CV along with any supporting documentation
(e.g., your one or two best publications or a "deep-dive" into the user
workflow and design process  for  one or two projects)  to
daniele.quercia at alcatel-lucent.com.   Applications will be processed at
different times. Those submitted by December 15th, 2015 will be processed
in the first round, and those submitted after that date will still receive
full consideration during the whole year of 2016.
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