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[ecrea] Postdoctoral position in social media interventions to combat health misinformation

Fri May 11 10:37:38 GMT 2018

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Questrom School of Business, College of Communications, and Center for Behavioral Sciences Research, Social Innovation on Drug Resistance (SIDR) Program

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Job Description

    We seeking a postdoctoral associate to work on a social media
    interventions project. The postdoctoral associate will mainly be
    working with Professors Dylan Walker, Jacob Groshek, and Belinda
    Borrelli on an interdisciplinary project studying social media
    interventions. The postdoc will work with the team to design and
    enact a variety of (bot-based) algorithmic, semi-automated and/or
    manual social media interventions. We will analyze the impact of
    interventions on multiple outcomes, including: individual knowledge,
    beliefs and behaviors, and the formation and dynamics of contagions.
    The postdoctoral associate will have opportunities to engage in all
    aspects of the study, including presenting research at conferences
    and publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals and
    special interest publications.

    This is an unparalleled opportunity for a motivated postdoctoral
    associate: as part of the Social Innovation on Drug Resistance
    (SIDR) Program, the associate will be part of a growing,
    interdisciplinary community of researchers from across Boston
    University’s schools and colleges. Through SIDR’s workshops and
    other activities, the associate will become part of a network of top
    scholars in the multiple disciplines involved in SIDR.

    The program will provide a forum for the associate to present their
    work as it develops, and the benefit of being associated with
    leading research entities with a strong global and domestic
    presence. The worldwide networks from SIDR’s founding partners, The
    Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy and CARB-X, will be
    available to SIDR postdocs to help their research projects.

This is a two-year position, with a start date on or after July 1, 2018.

Required Skills

    We are looking for a high-potential recent PhD (completed near or
    after December 2016) in Computer Science, Physics, Computational
    Social Science, Information Systems, or other related field. The
    ideal candidate will have:

      * Expertise in the collection, processing and analysis of
        large-scale, messy, unstructured or semi-structured datasets
      * Advanced knowledge in statistical / econometric modeling and
        causal inference
      * Strong skills and experience in programming in general and
        specifically in scientific programming (R, Python, SQL), data
        science, and visualization
      * Experience with Natural Language Processing techniques (word
        embedding, topic analysis, etc.)
      * Experience with Neural Networks
      * Strong written and oral communication skills
      * Boston University is committed to building a culturally diverse
        community and strongly encourages applications from female and
        minority candidates.

    */A*/bout The Social Innovation on Drug Resistance (SIDR) Program/*/*

    SIDR is an interdisciplinary program focused on the interaction of
    human behavior and drug-resistant infections. SIDR was created by
    TheInstitute for Health System Innovation &
    Policy<>and the Combating Antibiotic
    Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator,
    orCARB-X,<>to further the understanding of how
    human behavior affects the evolution of drug-resistant microbes and
    develop the interdisciplinary, social science-based solutions
    necessary to address the rising threat of drug-resistance. By
    convening a diverse community of scholars, funding research, and
    developing the next generation of scientists, SIDR seeks to advance
    these goals. Learn more about SIDR

    The Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy is a Boston
    University-wide research institute that draws upon the diversity of
    the Boston University community’s constituent schools and faculty,
    as well the greater Boston bio-technology and medical ecosystem, to
    leverage the development of leaders and solutions for the complex
    current and future problems in healthcare.

    CARB-X is the world’s largest public-private partnership supporting
    antibiotic R&D, accelerating a diverse portfolio of at least 20
    high-quality antibacterial products towards clinical development by
    leveraging $455 million in BARDA funds with matching funds from
    Wellcome Trust.

    */Salary & Benefits/*

    The SIDR Postdoctoral Associate will receive a competitive salary
    above NIH postdoctoral stipend rates. As an employee of Boston
    University, the postdoctoral associate will be eligible for a
    variety of outstanding benefit programs offered through the
    university. To learn more,

    */How to Apply/*

    To apply, submit a CV with a publication list, cover letter, a
    relevant publication or writing sample, and three references via
    email (tortflynn /at/<mailto:(rtflynn /at/>Please use “SIDR
    Postdoctoral Associate Application” as the subject line of your email.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants
    will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
    color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected
    veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Boston
    University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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