[CITASA] Fwd: [sts-reads] Data & Society is hiring two postdoctoral scholars

Angèle Christin christa at newschool.edu
Wed Mar 2 17:31:24 EST 2016

There are two postdoctoral fellowships opening up at Data & Society! The
deadline is April 1st.

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From: danah boyd <danah at datasociety.net>
Date: Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 5:23 PM
Subject: [sts-reads] Data & Society is hiring two postdoctoral scholars
To: sts-reads at lists.datasociety.net

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Data & Society (http://www.datasociety.net/blog/jobs/2-postdocs/) is
looking for two postdoctoral scholars whose work complements research
projects currently underway at the Institute. Postdocs will be expected to
spend half of their time directly contributing to an existing Data &
Society project, under the supervision of the project lead, and half to
their own research, under the supervision of danah boyd.

Postdocs will publish research and advance scholarly conversations while
engaging with broader constituencies across numerous disciplines and
perspectives. They will be expected to be active members of the Data &
Society community – participating in seminars, research exchange, and

==Position #1 Fairness in Machine Learning:
- Candidates for this position should have a strong grasp of technical
systems (including machine learning), as well as a rigorous understanding
of social theory. For example, candidates might have an undergraduate
degree in computer science and a PhD in a social science.
- Candidates should be able to translate between engineers and critics,
feel comfortable at ACM/AAAI/IEEE conferences and want to publish in venues
like New Media & Society.
- Candidates should be excited by the idea of working with researchers
invested in fairness, accountability, and transparency in machine learning
(e.g., http://www.fatml.org/).

==Position #2 Technology & Society:
- Candidates for this position should have a strong background in Science
and Technology Studies (STS) and a penchant for empirical research.
- Candidates might have a PhD in any number of information, social science,
or critical fields and take any empirical methodological approach.
Candidates who can move across fields and methods are strongly preferred.
Interest in policy implications welcome but not required.
- Candidates for this position should be interested in engaging one of
several emerging research streams at Data & Society:
     — Future of labor
     — Technology in criminal justice
     — Automation (in warfare, health, cities, etc.)
     — Environmental impact of technology
     — Future of artificial intelligence
     — Infrastructure and the Internet of things

*Additional Requirements*

Eligible candidates will have received their PhD in 2014-2016. Start date
for this position can be anywhere between September 6, 2016, and February
13, 2017. Successful candidates must have earned their PhD before the start

Successful candidates will have a well-established research track record as
demonstrated by journal publications and conference papers, as well as
participation on program committees, editorial boards, and advisory panels.
The ideal candidate may be trained in any number of disciplines but should
have a strong social scientific or critical methodological, analytical, and
theoretical foundation; be interested in questions related to technology or
the Internet and society or culture; and be interested in working in a
highly interdisciplinary environment that includes computer scientists,
lawyers, and practitioners. Candidates should enjoy working on
collaborative teams, mentoring junior researchers, and engaging broad
audiences with research.

*Practical Considerations*

- You will be expected to work from the Data & Society office in NYC at
least four days a week, unless traveling for pre-approved fieldwork,
conferences, or meetings.
- The annual salary for this position is $60,000. You will also receive a
laptop and $2,000 for conference travel and materials. Additional research
budget will depend on the project.
- You will be offered a generous benefits package including health
insurance, vacation time, and paid holidays.
- You must be eligible to work in the United States; we are unable to
sponsor visas.
- Postdoc positions are 1 year in length, with the possibility of a 1-year
renewal depending on project alignment.

*Application Process*

By *APRIL 1, 2016*, please send the following materials to
postdoc-app at datasociety.net:
- A cover letter describing your current research agenda, your dissertation
topic, and your planned research and professional trajectory. Also,
indicate your desired start date, when you received/will receive your PhD,
and which position you’re applying for.
- Two journal articles, book chapters, or equivalent writing samples.
- Your CV.
- The names, affiliations, and email addresses of three recommenders.

Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the position.
Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on
your application.

Data & Society is an NYC-based research institute dedicated to addressing
social, technical, ethical, legal, and policy issues that are emerging
because of data-centric technological development. D&S brings together
researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy creators, journalists, geeks,
and public intellectuals to gather, debate, and engage one another on the
key issues introduced by the increasing availability of data in society.

The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity
of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience,
national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome
applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and
persons with disabilities.
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