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[Commlist] Open-rank position in computational social science

Tue Nov 05 15:42:50 GMT 2019

Open-rank position in computational social science

MINDS (Management In Networked and Digital Societies) Department at Kozminski University, a leading research-driven, non-public and non-profit business school in the heart of Europe (EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA accredited, consistently well recognized in the Financial Times business schools rankings), is seeking to fill one or more open-rank position(s) in computational social sciences/management.

The candidates should specify if they are applying for a position of:
– research and teaching assistant on a doctoral track,
– assistant professor,
– associate professor, or
– full professor.

We have a slight preference for candidates at the earlier stages of their careers.
The research methods of particular interest for the candidates include:
– Using Python/R for online communities studies,
– Large dataset analyses on primary data (self-collected/scraped),
– Other quantitative studies of digital tribes/communities.

The projects we currently work on include:

digital propaganda and misinformation/disinformation online (including anti-vaxxers and climate change deniers),
online gossip, fake news, and tabloid analysis,
interactions with AI and bots,
citizen science movements (including anti-fracking, anti-smog, etc.).
About you:

A successful candidate should have a strong academic record matching the position they are applying for. In the case of an associate and full professor ranks, a strong publication record in the JCR-listed journals and the leading academic publishers, as well as proven successful grant applications track are expected.

Other things we value and may prioritize include:

– extended experience from abroad,
– experience in teaching,
– combined educational background from different fields,
– strong academic orientation,
– good presentation and teaching skills,
– documented academic interests related to computational social sciences,
– fluency in programming languages and/or data scraping and mining tools,
– fluency in data analysis and modeling software (be it Condor, Gephi, or some more advanced stuff).

We do not restrict the background of candidates to a particular field, as we believe that good research can be inspired and developed from different angles. However, we understand that the position may appeal particularly to people doing research in digital sociology, management, management science, data science, econometrics, computer science, information science, or digital humanities. Fluency in Klingon, Polish, or Quenya is not required, but being able to say “hi” in these languages would be appreciated.

About the department:
MINDS Department is a highly informal, relatively young team of researchers. We follow participative decision-making principles and, if invited for an interview, you can expect being interviewed and evaluated by all members of the team, irrespective of the rank you are applying for.

We put great emphasis on internationalization and high academic standards. Over the last five years, MINDS Department faculty have gone on one-year research stays to Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, University of California Berkeley, or New York University, among others. We regularly publish in JCR-listed journals and publish books in the leading academic presses (e.g. Stanford University Press, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Edward Elgar, Ashgate, Routledge).

Some of us are social movements activists (and e.g. serve on the Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Foundation or are engaged in the city movements), some are involved in the start-up culture (mentoring, seed funds, developing own businesses, etc.), and we generally value bringing a diverse experience to the table.

We believe that research should be stellar solid and of high quality, but that it also should be fun. We offer unmatched flexibility and mobility, a lot of independence, and a very friendly working culture.

MINDS Department is closely linked with NeRDS (New Research on Digital Societies) group, which participates in the international Network of Centers.

About the next steps:

Questions related to the advertised position can be directed to the head of MINDS, Prof. Dariusz Jemielniak ((darekj /at/ <mailto:(darekj /at/>), who will be also more than eager to talk about the potential research collaboration.

The offered position requires the beginning of work in October 2020, but some wiggle room is available. Submit your application by January, 10 2020 to make sure you’re considered.

The prospective candidates are requested to submit their CV, motivation letter (explaining how they fit the call) and a full list of their publications and other academic works, accompanied by a copy of up to 3 most important publications (research/teaching assistants and assistant professor rank) and up to 5 most important publications (associate and full professor rank) to (kadry /at/ <mailto:(kadry /at/>, as well as in a physical copy, accompanied by an official copy of their diploma and an application form, accessible on this web page:

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