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[Commlist] postdoctoral researcher in (digital) Russian studies
Fri Jan 18 18:58:59 GMT 2019
The Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki invites
applications for an enthusiastic and creative
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN (DIGITAL) RUSSIAN STUDIES (18 MONTHS)
for a fixed term of 18 months from 1 May 2019, or as soon as possible
thereafter. The position is associated with the University of Helsinki
Three-Year Project Strategies of Persuasion: Russian Propaganda in the
Algorithmic Age (2019-2021) led by dr. Mariëlle Wijermars.
The project examines what strategies of persuasion are employed by
Russian state-aligned media and other relevant actors to frame and
disseminate strategic communications within traditional and digital
media environments. It investigates how these strategies have evolved in
response to the changing technological environment in the current
algorithmic age. How does propaganda work in the age of social media,
recommender systems and botnets? The project is based at the Aleksanteri
Institute and associated with the Digital Russia Studies initiative. For
The appointee will study social media platforms (e.g. VKontakte,
Odnoklassniki, Facebook) and YouTube to examine how disinformation
campaigns use structural affordances of online news dissemination, such
as algorithmic ranking and recommender systems, to amplify their reach.
Using computational methods, the research conducted by the appointee
will help gain a better understanding of how disinformation spreads, how
an item is made to go viral, and how users engage with this type of
Candidates must hold a doctoral degree and be able to conduct
independent scholarly work. Solid knowledge of social network analysis
and quantitative research methods is a requisite; proven ability to
employ advanced digital research methods, such as machine learning
approaches, or the capacity and willingness to acquire skills in this
domain, will be a great advantage. The candidate is expected to have
excellent command of Russian; proficiency in other Central and/or East
European languages would be an asset. The appointee is expected to
contribute c. 3 peer-reviewed articles. Precise research tasks will be
defined in collaboration with the project leader. The appointee will
also contribute to the activities of the research project, such as
coordinating collaboration with (inter)national network partners,
teaching and organizing project workshops and seminars. Good social
skills and a pro-active attitude are naturally assets. The working
language is English. The appointee will be based in Helsinki for the
entire duration of the appointment. If needed, the starting date, 1 May
2019, is negotiable.
SALARY AND TRIAL PERIOD
Monthly gross salary for the position varies between 3150 and 3550
euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The
contract will include a six-month trial period.
Health care services and standard Finnish pension benefits are provided
for the University employees.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your application, together with the required documents,
through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System
Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested
to submit their application via the SAP HR portal.
Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the
following documents as a single pdf file:
1) a curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) with a separate list of publications,
2) a short description (max. 2 pages) of the applicant’s relevant
methodological skills and how her or his research interests match the
Strategies of Persuasion research project,
3) a writing sample of the applicant’s research (e.g. published article,
4) the contact information of two referees,
5) and optionally other relevant documents.
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.
Technical support for using the University’s electronic recruitment
system or the SAP HR portal: (rekrytointi /at/ helsinki.fi).
For further information please contact project leader dr. Mariëlle
Wijermars, (marielle.wijermars /at/ helsinki.fi). The decision will be
communicated in early March.
15.02.2019 23:59 EET
The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of
academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of
40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings,
the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The
University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates
new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.
The Aleksanteri Institute functions as a national centre of research,
study and expertise pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe,
particularly in the social sciences and humanities. We offer our
researchers an international and inspiring research environment in the
centre of Helsinki, with excellent research infrastructure (including
Integrum database, diverse electronic resources of the University of
Helsinki and the world-famous Slavonic library). The Centre of
Excellence in Russian studies funded by the Academy of Finland, a
visiting scholars programme and a wide network of scholars conducting
research on Russia are also part of our dynamic research community. More
information on the Aleksanteri Institute is available on the
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