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Post-doctoral Research Scientist
George Washington University


Date Posted Sep. 24, 2021
Title Post-doctoral Research Scientist
University George Washington University
Washington, D.C., United States
Department Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Post-Doc
  • Sociology - General
    Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Political Science - General
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Government - Policy/Public Affairs
    Communications/Journalism (all)
    Social Sciences - General
 
 

A post-doc position is available with the Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP) with the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. IDDP’s mission is to help the public, journalists, and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on public dialogue and opinion, and to develop sound solutions to disinformation and other ills that arise in these spaces. In the heart of the nation’s capital, IDDP brings together top researchers from across academic disciplines, works side-by-side with and informs journalists from leading media outlets, advises and helps agenda set with policymakers in the U.S. and Europe, and engages with a variety of organizations that have significant societal influence and reach. Misinformation on social media is widespread and has now been characterized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global "infodemic". The urgency of this challenge has become even more pressing given the current COVID-19 pandemic and has limited our ability to effectively communicate prevention messages and promote vaccine acceptance and uptake. The post-doctoral researcher will focus on evolving public health challenges around online misinformation/disinformation for infectious and chronic diseases, set within a broader social and structural context and examined from a health equity lens. Areas of focus may include designing and analyzing the effectiveness of interventions broadly related to addressing health mis/disinformation, examining the public health and societal consequences of platform policies and behaviors, as well as documenting the prevalence and scope of the problem on individuals, social networks, and/or communities.

The research will be conducted within IDDP, with unique opportunities for working closely with faculty across GWU, including a broad array of behavioral scientists, psychologists, clinicians, engineers, political scientists, and computer scientists. Opportunities for linkages exist with: the Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Media and Public Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, as well as the DC Center for AIDS Research based at GW and the GW Cancer Center. Research public health challenges around online misinformation/disinformation for infectious and chronic diseases, set within a broader social and structural context and examined from a health equity lens. Areas of focus may include designing and analyzing the effectiveness of interventions broadly related to addressing health mis/disinformation, examining the public health and societal consequences of platform policies and behaviors, as well as documenting the prevalence and scope of the problem on individuals, social networks, and/or communities. Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position. The minimum qualification required to be considered for this position is for the qualified candidates to hold a Doctoral degree in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

The application should include:
1. CV
2. A cover letter.
3. 1-2 published papers, or equivalent writing samples that best demonstrate your
expertise and fit for the position.
4. One research statement (1-3 pages) that outlines both your research achievements and
agenda, and your service and outreach activities and plans.
5. The names and contact information of three letter writers;
6. Provide a link to your professional webpage and Google Scholar page (if applicable)


  • The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


 
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Contact Information

 
  • Margo Cunniffe
    Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics
    George Washington University
    Washington, D.C. 20052
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  • mcunniffe91@gwu.edu

 

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