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3-yr doctoral contract within ERC project "Socsemics" (confinement and internet bubbles) (M/F)

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General information

Reference : USR3130-CAMROT-014
Workplace : BERLIN
Date of publication : Thursday, February 06, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Camille ROTH
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 May 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

This doctoral fellowship 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.

SOCSEMICS aims at studying 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 further 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, what kind of qual-quantitative studies may result from this new type of approach and what role may algorithms play in these processes ?

SOCSEMICS spans several disciplinary fields. The context of this PhD fellowship is the sociology of internet or sociology of public spaces (including digital public spaces). The dissertation topic will be related to the qual-quant articulation of structural and textual analysis methods developed elsewhere within the project. It will focus on a small number of well-bounded case studies within a European digital public space.

Work Context

Successful applicants would join the computational social science team under the supervision of Camille Roth at Centre Marc Bloch ( in Berlin, Germany (UMIFRE 14, a dual unit of CNRS and the French Foreign Affairs Ministry). The working language is indifferently English, French or German. A good command of English is however necessary, and fluency in either French or German would be very appreciable.

No teaching duties are attached to this doctoral contract, thus making it possible to focus on research activities. A participation to the administrative tasks of the team is nonetheless expected for a total workload not beyond two weekly hours.

Work may start soon after successful selection, ideally in spring 2020. Successful applicants will be invited to apply to and enrol in a doctoral school corresponding to the discipline of their dissertation topic (for instance: in sociology, at EHESS in Paris).

Additional Information

Applications must be directly submitted to the so-called “portail emploi” (employment portal) of CNRS accessible at the following URL:
Nonetheless, more information on the adequacy of a given applicant's profile may be sought by contacting Camille Roth (

Applications should include a cover letter, a resume and a brief research statement / proposal in the framework of SOCSEMICS (up to three pages), and demonstrate a strong ability to innovate autonomously.

The doctoral fellowship is a work contract of 36 months with a gross monthly salary of €2,135, which may be complemented by a significant expatriation bonus.

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