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Post Doctoral Positions in Social Network Research

 

The Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Laboratory at Northwestern
University (http://sonic.northwestern.edu)

invites applications for up to three post doctoral positions. SONIC lab
members utilize and advance social network theories,

methods, and web-based tools to better understand and facilitate social
networks in a variety of contexts, including

communities of practice; science, engineering, and medical communities; and
communities involved in emergency response,

public health, climate change, and virtual worlds. Current research projects
include several multi-year efforts funded in part

by the US National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Army
Research Institute, Army Research Laboratory,

Air Force Research Laboratory, MacArthur Foundation, and the City of
Chicago. Hires will be expected to conduct social

network research in several of the on-going projects, to take leadership in
initiating new interdisciplinary research projects,

and to co-mentor junior lab members. Hires will also have an affiliation
with the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems

(NICO; http://www.northwestern.edu/nico/) to facilitate interaction and
collaboration with a broader community of

network researchers.

 

Key Responsibilities (one or more of the following):

 

. Develop theoretical and conceptual frameworks to investigate factors that
leads to the formation, maintenance, and

dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks

. Utilize and extend methods for mathematical, statistical, and
computational modeling of networks

. Develop and implement socio-technical algorithms for network recommender
systems

. Utilize and develop innovative techniques for data collection,
integration, and management of large-scale

multidimensional social networks from surveys and digital sources/traces

. Implement algorithms for modeling large-scale social networks in high
performance (Petascale) computing

environments.

 

Qualifications: We invite applications from US and international scholars
with PhDs from a wide variety of disciplines, with

interest and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

 

. Social scientific theories of network emergence and evolution

. Modeling of networks: mathematical, statistical, computational

. Web Science and Semantic Web technologies

. Data-mining algorithms to detect networks

. High performance and cloud computing

. Visualization of networks

 

Compensation: The appointment will carry an annual stipend commensurate with
qualifications and experience in addition

to standard benefits provided to all employees of Northwestern University.

 

Application Procedures: Applicants must submit by email the following: 1) a
curriculum vitae, including a list of

publications and prior research experience if applicable; 2) a brief
statement of research interest and experiences relevant to

the activities of SONIC, and 3) names, affiliations, and contact information
for three references. Send all application

materials as well as any inquiries to Professor Noshir Contractor,
[log in to unmask] Appointment starting date and

duration are negotiable. Applications will be considered until all positions
are filled.

 

Northwestern University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer,
and welcomes applications from women and members of

underrepresented groups.


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