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[ecrea] Postdoctoral opportunity at Information School at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle
Fri Jan 20 23:50:02 GMT 2017
The Information School at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle
seeks a historian or ethnographer of computing for a postdoctoral
research scientist position, starting September 2017. The hired
candidate will work with Assistant Professor Megan Finn at the
Information School, University of Washington in collaboration with
Associate Professor Katie Shilton at the College of Information Studies,
University of Maryland, College Park. The postdoc is a full-time
position available for at least one year, with the possibility of
extension. Salary and benefits are competitive. We will review
applicants starting April 1, 2017.
* PhD awarded by anticipated start date (September 2017) in fields
such as information studies, communication, history, anthropology, STS,
media studies, geography or related disciplines.
* Commitment to collaborating on research and publications.
* Excitement about working on a multidisciplinary team.
* Outstanding qualitative (e.g. ethnographic, interview, oral
history, or archival) research skills.
* Strong publication record.
* Familiarity with the historical or cultural dimensions of
computer security research.
* Experience conducting interviews or oral history a plus.
* Familiarity with sociotechnical theory and perspectives beneficial.
The postdoc will collaborate on an NSF-funded project examining the
history and culture of computer security research ethics. Computer
security researchers prevent, discover, and fix flaws in devices and
cyberinfrastructures, impacting national security, business practices,
information privacy, and personal safety. However, these researchers
must navigate ethical dilemmas about how to use big data and shared
networked resources to discover vulnerabilities; how to safely expose
these problems; and how to best ensure that critical vulnerabilities are
fixed. This project seeks to understand how the computer security
community formed a culture of attention to ethics; how ethics
expectations are communicated among researchers; what sociotechnical
factors support and challenge sustaining ethical practices; and how
effective ethical self-regulation has been within in computer security
research. The project utilizes multiple methods, including citation
analysis, content analysis, and interviews, to illuminate and evaluate
the ethical culture of computer security research. The project team is a
friendly multi-disciplinary collaboration with researchers whose come
from information studies, science and technology studies, data science,
and computer security.
The location of the postdoc position is in Seattle, but may be flexible.
At the University of Washington, the postdoctoral would be part of the
research community at the Information School which holds regular
research seminars, and includes the Technology Policy Lab. They would
also have opportunities to work with research team members who run the
DataLab at the Information School, and the Department of Computer
Science & Engineering at the University of Washington and the Security
and Privacy Research Lab.
Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park include membership
in the EViD Lab, which focuses on the intersection of ethics, policy,
and technology design and use. PI Katie Shilton and four doctoral
students investigate how factors such as values and norms, rules and
practices, and material constraints interact to influence emerging
technologies. The postdoc may also join the Center for the Advanced
Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) at the UMD iSchool. The
CASCI community includes an interdisciplinary set of 11 faculty members
to provide mentoring opportunities. CASCI also offers a bimonthly theory
reading group, speaker series, and lab and meeting space.The UMD iSchool
is a growing community of engaged, interdisciplinary researchers.
Faculty, staff, postdocs, and students work collaboratively on a range
of information problems, using diverse methods and approaches. Further
opportunities for collaboration include UMD's Information Policy and
Access Center (IPAC), the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL),
Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP), and the
Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC).
Interested applicants should send a single pdf document to Megan Finn
<(megfinn /at/ uw.edu)> and Katie Shilton <(kshilton /at/ umd.edu)>. Applications
should include a one-page letter of interest, CV, a writing sample, and
the name and contact information of three references.
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