The research associate (postdoctoral researcher) will work on the Free Speech in a Hyperconnected Society project. This position is associated with the Quello Center for Media and Information Policy. The Quello Center conducts research to inform media, communication, and information policy. It critically examines the role of technology, policy, and regulation for citizens, communities, and society. The Quello Center often works with multiple stakeholders to find solutions to harness the full benefits of advanced communications.
This interdisciplinary research project examines the challenges of protecting robust free speech online while mitigating the undesirable effects of hate speech and other forms of expression that encourage violence or social unrest. It will explore the strengths and weaknesses of policy options that are currently under discussion in the United States and internationally and develop alternative paths forward.
The candidate will employ appropriate theoretical perspectives, including legal, economic, or computational approaches, to advance understanding of the dynamics of online speech, its relations to the formation of individual and shared mental models, and to individual and group behavior. The successful candidate will also contribute to research management, as related to the project.
The candidate will contribute to all stages of this project, including the conception and design of experiments, the collection of empirical data using qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as data analysis and interpretation. The successful candidate will be trained in the responsible conduct of research.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Doctorate -Information Science, Law, Economics, Communications, Computer Science, or Related field
Applicants must have their Ph.D. or J.D. degree (can be ABD) in a field related to the project, including, but not limited to, information science, law, economics, communications, or computer science. The applicant must also show evidence of scholarly productivity in the form of journal articles, conference presentations.
A background or a strong interest in more than one of these areas, for example, in computational communications, information science and law, or computer science and economics, is a plus.
Required Application Materials
Applicants should include a letter of interest, graduate transcript, and a current curriculum vitae with contact information for three references.
To apply for this position, please refer to posting #701730 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment opportunities website, https://careers.msu.edu.
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