- George Washington University
- Location: Washington, Pennsylvania
- Category: Admin-Other Administrative Positions
- Posting Date: 09/16/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
|Job Description Summary:||
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 The George Washington University, including a broad array of behavioral scientists, psychologists, clinicians, engineers, political scientists, and computer scientists. Opportunities for linkages exist with GW schools and centers including: 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.
Qualified candidates will hold a Doctoral degree in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
|Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:|
* PhD in fields including public health, health communication, computational social science, data science, psychology, social network analysis, or other related fields;
* Completion of coursework involving data science and/or experimental designs;
* Fluency in one or more of the following programming languages is beneficial: R, Python, SAS and similar languages;
* Strong communication skills;
* The ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
|Typical Hiring Range||$53,840.04 - $69,333.11 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?|
|Campus Location:||Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.|
|College/School/Department:||Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS)|
|Family||Research and Labs|
|Hours Per Week:||40 hrs|
|Work Schedule:||Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM|
|Will this job require the employee to work on site?||No|
|Employee Onsite Status||Hybrid|
|Required Background Check||Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search|
|Special Instructions to Applicants:||
- Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status.
- Open to F1 candidates who are eligible for OPT.
- Contingent on funding and performance, the position may be extended beyond 1 year.
- 1-2 published papers, or equivalent writing samples that best demonstrate your expertise and fit for the position.
- One research statement (1-3 pages) that outlines both your research achievements and agenda, and your service and outreach activities and plans.
- The names and contact information of three letter writers;
- Provide a link to candidate’s professional webpage and Google Scholar page (if applicable).
|Internal Applicants Only?||No|
|Job Open Date:||09/15/2021|
|Job Close Date:|
|If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:|
|Background Screening||Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.|
The 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.