We’re looking for a PhD candidate to work with us around the issue of online information diversity. Here are the details:
Main topics: quantification of informational and social diversity in online communities, the digital public space and online media; understanding and modeling of filter bubbles and of the role of algorithms in shaping online informational landscapes.
Keywords: online communities, social complex systems, information diffusion and filtering, filter bubbles, diversity quantification, socio-semantic networks.
Profile: a strong master’s degree either in computer science, applied mathematics or statistical physics, with skills in modeling, data science and a marked interest for social sciences and interdisciplinarity, or in quantitative social science, with prior knowledge of data/network analysis and ICT sociology.
Application deadline: March 20, 2016, applications may be accepted after this date until the position is filled.
Earliest possible start: not before May 2016 and no later than October 1st, 2016.
Context: the PhD candidate will be based at the Digital Humanities and Computational Social Science team at Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin, Germany. This interdisciplinary group gathers modelers, computer scientists and social scientists within a French-German social science lab which partly depends on CNRS, the largest fundamental research (public) institution in France. The position will be funded in the framework of « Algodiv », an ANR-supported project lasting from 2016 until 2019 and focusing on information diversity and the role of algorithms, at the interface between formal and social sciences.
Conditions: 1950€/month gross (expectably around 1550€ p.m. net, depending on the fiscal situation).
Contact: inquiries about the scientific context of the position should be sent to roth / at / cmb.hu-berlin.de and menezes / at / cmb.hu-berlin.de
Applicants should send an email to bewerbung / at / cmb.hu-berlin.de entitled « Algodiv PhD Position Application » including a single PDF file featuring a résumé, an intention letter detailing the suitability of their skills and experience to this position, and the names of 2-3 referees who may be contacted for confidential references.
Centre Marc Bloch is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the diversity of its workforce and to the quality of its research. We strongly encourage excellent academics from all sections of the scientific community to apply.