Postdoctoral Research Positions | Center for Humans and Machines

Job Code: 08/2020

Job Offer from March 10, 2020

The Digital Mobilization theme at the Center for Humans and Machines (Director: Prof. Dr. Iyad Rahwan), Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is seeking applications for Postdoctoral Research Positions (E 13 TVöD; 39 hours/week). Funding for the postdoctoral positions is available for two years, with possibility of extension for a third year.

Job Description

With the explosion of Artificial Intelligence and its deployment in our digitally mediated social lives, there are open questions that “Digital Mobilization” project (Principal Investigator: Dr. Manuel Cebrian) seeks to shed light on as they are critical for the social cohesion and political progress of societies all over the world, ever more reliant on digital platforms for information spreading and political mobilization. Have AI-powered digital social networks improved or harmed our ability to mobilize others for a cause? Are digital social networks a force of mobilization and collaboration, or instead of de-mobilization and conflict? What current institutions, platforms, social structures are making the best use of Crowdsourcing and Collective Intelligence, and how can we learn from them so that society can race with the rapid progress of Artificial Intelligence? To study these questions the project uses tools from Network Science and Computational Social Science.

We expect that the post-doctoral researcher will work on quantitative and technical aspects of the project, providing expertise in using current and novel approaches to network modeling, information theoretic measures, complex systems modeling, and statistical inference. Extensive experience in collection, filtering, and analysis of mass media as well as social media data is required.

The successful candidate will have no formal teaching requirements. The project is part of the Center for Humans and Machines (Director: Iyad Rahwan) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) in Berlin.

Requirements

We are searching a postdoc with a strong interest and established expertise in network science, computational social science, information theory, complex systems, evolutionary modeling, computer science and machine learning. The successful applicant is expected to hold a doctoral degree in computer science, physics, applied mathematics, epidemiology, or a related quantitative field.

Essential:

The successful applicant needs to possess:

  • Demonstrated prior work in large-scale observational studies of networks and social systems.
  • Demonstrated Experience in writing scientific papers in network science and computational social science.
  • Extensive experience in collection, filtering, and analysis of mass media as well as social media data is required.
  • Deep Knowledge in working with Social Media APIs as well as state-of-the-art data privacy and data anonymization techniques.
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art literature in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of causal inference methodologies.
  • Outstanding experience in data science, as demonstrated by a track record of publications in top scientific journals.
  • Excellent programming skills in Python, as well as proficiency with libraries for data manipulation and analysis.
  • High proficiency in English.

 Preferable:

Proficiency also in one (or more) of the following skills will be advantageous to the successful applicant:

  • Expertise in building software tools to track mass and social media.
  • Expertise in modelling the propagation of hashtags, cultural memes and related informational units, and estimation of its real-world impact on the reached audience.
  • Expertise in Information Theory and Algorithmic Information Theory.
  • Expertise in Evolutionary Modeling and Cultural Evolution.
  • Expertise in phylogenetic models and tree-like datasets.
  • Expertise in Advanced Statistics and Complex Stochastic Models.
  • Expertise in Algorithmic Game Theory.
  • High ability to work independently.

Application Details

To apply, please send (as ONE FILE and via email, with the sentence “Postdoc application in Machine Culture” in the subject line) a statement of research interests, a CV, a copy of relevant certificates, (p)reprints of three publications lead by the applicant, and a list of four references to Prof. Dr. Iyad Rahwan, MPI for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin (). We are kindly asking you to submit your application without a photo. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come-first-serve basis, and will continue to be received until the positions are filled.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

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