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[ecrea] Post-doctoral research fellow on big data and spatial mobilities
Tue Aug 07 17:13:06 GMT 2018
* Post-doctoral research fellow on big data and spatial mobilities.
Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn
University of Technology is pleased to offer a 2 year, full-time
research post to work on project ‘big data and spatial mobilities’.
We welcome qualified applicants with an interest in researching the
social datafication with a focus on spatial mobilities. Post will
contribute to the projects’ aim of developing the measurements and
critically estimating bias for studying spatial mobilities from the
perspective of critical data studies.
With apologies for cross-posting. Please forward to appropriate
candidates. Further details:
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
The development of information and communication technologies and
growing digitalization of modern societies has created a demand for
‘digital social sciences’ as a new scholarly discipline to study and
understand the possibilities and barriers (and how to overcome these) of
using new types and forms of data (from mobile phones, GPS, search
engines, social media, of digital ‘footprints’ of using public and
private services) for coordinating societal developments.
Given its pioneering role in developing and adopting digital solutions
like e-government services as e-residency, or mobile phone data as a
source for official tourism statistics, Estonia offers a unique
environment for interdisciplinary research in the area of big data and
spatial mobilities. Building on its unique experiences, Estonia has
become the leading country in many global e-initiatives. At the same
time, Estonia has also arrived at crucial non-technical barriers for
further development of data driven solutions to societal issues.
• The main tasks of the post-doctoral researcher is to support the
research efforts of the Associate Professor of Big Data in Social
Sciences of RND and to carry out independent novel research on the
possibilities and limits of using big data in spatial mobilities studies;
• Participation in the research activities in the domains of (1)
developing measurements and estimating bias of using large-scale data
for studying spatial mobilities (e.g. social network analysis methods,
comparative social media analytics), and / or (2) critical data /
algorithm studies in the fields of spatial mobilities, like datafication
of mobile lives or data-driven mobility governance;
• To publish research in the top-ranking journals of the field;
• To participate in the teaching activities of the research group,
including supervision of graduate students;
• To participate in the administrative functions (drafting
applications for research grants etc) of the research group;
• To participate actively in the Estonian and EU level debates on big
data, digital social sciences and data-driven mobility governance.
• PhD or equivalent (defended in non-Estonian university) not later
than 5 years ago in an area related to big data in social sciences (e.g.
in the field of sociology, media and communication, human geography, or
• Very good knowledge of statistical and computational analysis
methods and their application, experience with analysis software (R,
Stata, SAS, Matlab, SPSS etc); experiences in mobility tracking and
spatial analysis methods, as well as knowledge in qualitative approach
are of advantage;
• The person elected to the position has to be competent in the
latest developments in big data analytics and its applications in social
sciences. Ideally, the person should have both excellent skills in big
data analytics as well as interest in critical data studies inquiry.
• Start date: 1 October 2018.
• The position is financed from the national R&D institutions
development program (ASTRA), which provides annual income up to 32000
EUR (including 20% national income tax, Estonian national health, social
security and pension payments).
• The position is fixed-term (2 years) but can be renewed (in the
case of further successful project applications).
• Cover letter;
• Curriculum vitae and a list of publications;
• Research proposal/plan for the next 2 years;
• When applying for the 1st time for a position in TTÜ, duplicate of
the required diploma (PhD) or other document proving the necessary
Applications should be sent to erkki (karo /at/ ttu.ee) and (anu.masso /at/ ttu.ee)
For more details on the position, please contact: Dr. Erkki Karo,
Director of Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance,
(erkki.karo /at/ ttu.ee), or Dr. Anu Masso, Ass.Prof. in Big Data in Social
Sciences, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance,
(anu.masso /at/ ttu.ee).
For more information on TTÜ, see www.ttu.ee
For more information on RND, see www.ttu.ee/nurkse
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