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Reference : USR3130-CAMROT-003
Date of publication : Thursday, January 10, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 4 February 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between €2,530 and €3,615 gross per month, depending on prior experience. A significant expatriation bonus will be added to this amount.
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to the study of the dynamics of socio-semantic networks, in particular with regard to confinement dynamics and the possible existence of so-called echo chambers, bubbles, balkanized or polarized communities in digital public spaces.
SOCSEMICS aims at developing a set of integrated methods to address the possible existence in digital public spaces of so-called “bubbles”, or fragmented, polarized communities, by adopting a dual socio-semantic framework — i.e., appraising jointly both the interactional and informational confinement of users. It aims at addressing a series of fundamental questions pertaining to the existence, structure and dynamics of such bubbles: how to define and appraise them empirically, how do they form and emerge, which types of topics, claims and actors are mobilized in which of them, which bridges or bottlenecks may interconnect them and, at a higher level, what is the meta-structure of bubbles and what kind of qual-quantitative studies may result from this new type of approach.
In practice, SOCSEMICS will address three current challenges:
(i) developing a comprehensive theory of reinforcing and self-sustaining socio-semantic communities by appraising the social, semantic and socio-semantic realms simultaneously;
(ii) drastically improving content analysis by replacing classical distributional approaches with clause analysis, thus enabling quantitative approaches rendering the linguistic complexity of utterances in web corpuses;
(iii) fostering the interface between these methods and qualitative approaches, especially through a couple of broad case studies;
(iv) developing interactive platforms implementing the above innovations and facilitating digital social research.
SOCSEMICS spans several disciplinary fields and candidates with a variety of profiles may qualify for this offer. In particular, we are looking for applicants who achieved a PhD related to one of the following fields, with respect to each of the above challenges:
(i) social network analysis, computational social science, social complex system modeling, statistical physics;
(ii) natural language processing, automatic clause analysis, semantic graphs and hypergraphs;
(iii) sociology of online communities, sociology of public spaces, issues related to the effect of algorithms and the emergence of an algorithmic society,
(iv) information visualization, especially of relational and hybrid (social/semantic) data.
Work language: indifferently English, French or German. An excellent command of English is however necessary, and fluency in either French or German would be very appreciable.
Applications should include a cover letter, a resume, a brief research statement / proposal in the framework of SOCSEMICS (up to three pages), a full publication list, and a maximum of three selected publications, which should demonstrate the ability to innovate autonomously.
Applications received by January 30th, 2019 will receive full consideration for a first round of selections. The eventual number of offered positions will depend on the overall relevance of applications received by this date. Interviews will be held after the first deadline, depending on applicants' availability. While contracts may start very soon after successful selection, candidates who would be available later and at their earliest convenience at any time during the year 2019 will naturally receive equal consideration.
This work takes place in the context of the ERC Consolidator project “SOCSEMICS” (“Socio-Semantic Bubbles of Internet Communities”), led by Camille Roth and funded by the European Research Council from 2018 until 2023.
Appointees would join his computational social science team at Centre Marc Bloch (http://cmb.huma-num.fr), in Berlin, Germany (UMIFRE 14, a dual unit of CNRS and the French Foreign Affairs Ministry).
Duration: initially 12 months, renewable several times over the duration of the ERC project.
Applications must be directly submitted to the so-called “portail emploi” (employment portal) of CNRS accessible at the following URL: https://emploi.cnrs.fr
A more detailed job offer in PDF format is available on the "job offer" section of the team website at: http://cmb.huma-num.fr
Nonetheless, more information on the adequacy of a given applicant's profile may be sought by contacting Camille Roth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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