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FranceTelecom R&D has a vacant position for postdoc researchers in social
networks analysis/quantitative sociology/cognitive sciences in its sociology
lab in Paris;

description below;
To apply, send CV+relevant paper+motivation letter to :
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The mission concerns the analysis of the dynamics of the social link in the
online communication.

The mission joins within the framework of works on the various forms of
sociability and their deployment on communication tools and online auto
publication. The modeling of social graph allows drawing and analyzing large
networks, to identify the communities which constitute them, and to unfold
properties of nodes. These tools were recently applied successfully to the
study of large social graphs, in particular built from phone calls or from
online social platforms. A question still remains as for the qualification
of the temporal evolution of these networks and these communities, beyond
the comparison of snapshots of networks at the given time.

The expected research consists in establishing metrics for the description
of the evolution of the social networks, in particular the communities and
linkage dynamics, by using the classic tools of networks analysis. The
metrics eventually have to constitute a new axis of the social graphs
understanding relative to their temporal dynamics.

Once established, theses metrics have to help to focus the question of the
nature of the links in the egocentered networks. They have to allow
establishing a comparison of the various platforms, but also, within a
platform data, to characterize the links according to the usage dynamics.

Two axes will be processed by the candidate:

-       The temporal evolution of the social networks

-       The qualification and weightings of the links according to their
properties, and users commitment dynamics

*Expected results*

The postdoc will:**

-       Realize a review of literature on the recent works in analysis of
social networks and on-line sociability (existing works, methods, tools)

-       Appropriate existing data and collect corpuses of data from Web (social
networks platforms, user generated contents)

-       build relevant metrics & indicators for the analysis of the temporal
dynamics of the online social links

-       Apply these indicators to the analysis of the temporal dynamics of
egocentered networks, in a comparative approach

-       Apply these indicators to the various links between individuals to
qualify these links (robustness, volatility, underlying dynamics of


The position is open to the PhD having defended their thesis for less than
two years.

*Necessary skills*

-          Phd in quantitative sociology, cognitive Sciences, complex

-          Experience in datamining and statistics

-          Experience in programming (python, matlab)

-          knowledge in social network analysis

-          Interest for telecoms

-          Multidisciplinary teamwork

*Wished additional skills***

-          Web 2.0 Technologies

-          Familiar with databases (in particular MySQL)


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The wished beginning of mission: November, 2010

Duration: 12 months


>33KE B/annual depending on profile+variable part+group dividends


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R*D Orange Labs

TECH / SENSE laboratory

38-40 rue General Leclerc

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


Description of the company and the entity

*Research and development Orange Labs of the France Télécom Group*

The France Télécom Group has the ambition to supply to its customers the
best of the technology, as soon as it is available, while taking into
account the following technological generations. With more than 3700
researchers, scientists and engineers, the R*D of Orange Labs develops every
year approximately 500 inventions for more than 8 300 deposited patents.
Thanks to its anticipation, the R*D detects very early the evolutions and
the major technological breaks, and the new usages. So, it is at the origin
of important headways in the field of the services.**

*SENSe laboratory – Sociology and Economics of Networks and Services*

Within the R*D, the *SENSe *laboratory conjugates the sociological and
economic approaches. From the point of view of the social sciences, its
missions are to map and to understand the manners usages and their
transformations, to support the technological innovations, and to help the
transformation of the relation of the company to its customers. From the
point of view of the economics, the SENSe laboratory enlightens
strategically the Group on its options of investment and the sector-based
deformation, and enriches the arguments of the Group and the academic debate
on the statutory and institutional problems.**

For that purpose, the SENSe laboratory conjugates various methodologies:
search of data and tracks of usages, ethnology, observation and audio
recording and video, socioeconomics of markets and identification of the
emergent tendencies.


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R*D Orange Labs

TECH / SENSE laboratory

38-40 rue General Leclerc

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


Thomas Couronné

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