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The McGill Center for Social and Cultural Data Science (CSCDS) seeks a motivated post-graduate to lead the data science team for an election monitoring research project. This project is a collaboration between CSCDS (PI: Professor Derek Ruths, School of Computer Science) and the McGill Max Bell Public Policy School (PI: Professor Taylor Owen). The focus of our project is on the online dynamics of the upcoming 2019 Canadian elections. We have two major goals. First, to perform real-time monitoring and reporting on the election-related online activities. This will include media outreach, conducting in-depth investigations into specific events and trends, and preparing large-scale analyses of online activity patterns. The second goal will be, in the months following the election, to design and publish a number of high-impact academic publications on the Canadian election, methods used to track it, and best practices for future election monitoring efforts.
 
In order to achieve these goals, we’re looking for an enthusiastic computationalist who can
 
- architect and implement data processing pipelines capable of ingesting substantial
social media and traditional media streams,
- apply and develop novel discourse and network analysis algorithms,
- execute or manage detailed, rapid case studies to investigate specific trends in online data
- think critically about how findings relate to political behavior and campaign activities
 
The ideal candidate will have:
 
- A PhD with training relevant to computational social science
- Experience building high-performance, robust data processing and analysis pipelines
- Experience designing and conducting discourse analysis using NLP techniques
- Experience with latent attribute inference for online accounts
- Experience with using network analysis techniques to study social network structure
- Management skills for running a small, agile data science team
- Working knowledge of Canadian politics with an appetite to learn a lot more
- Strong interdisciplinary and public communication skills
 
This position is for 1 year with the option to extend to a second year. Annual salary range is $60k – 80k CAD depending on qualifications. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, with a start date no later than June 1, 2019. If interested, please send a resume and statement of interest to [log in to unmask].
 
== About the Centre ==
The McGill Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science is an interdisciplinary centre fostering research and training excellence at the intersection of quantitative and computational methods and studies of social and cultural phenomena. The Centre runs a number of programs including data science bootcamps, summer internships, a speaker series, and a research idea accelerator. A post-doctoral appointment to the Centre affords access to an interdisciplinary community of faculty and a wide-array of resources across campus.
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