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Post-Doctoral Researcher

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with a deadline of August 15, 2020. Start time: Fall 2020.

The Media Ecosystem Observatory is recruiting two post-docs for the 2020-2021 academic year (09/2020 - 08-2021). We are looking for individuals who are able to independently drive a research agenda focused on misinformation, media, communications, and politics.
We encourage those with the following competences to apply:

✔️️ medium to advanced R and Python skills
✔️ working knowledge of data visualization
✔️️ comfort working with cloud-based computing demonstrated track record of producing cutting-edge research for publication ✔️️ An MA or PhD in computer science, political science, communications, or other related discipline

The MEO team is based in Montreal and Toronto but remote work will continue for the foreseeable future. French-language ability an asset. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and LGBTT2SQ* persons, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

The objective of MEO is to develop an evidence-based model for information ecosystem health, in order to both better understand the online harms and digital threats to democracy, and to safeguard against it. To that end, we have curated and continue to collect large-scale datasets on social media, traditional media, and public opinion. MEO is a collaboration between Taylor Owen, Associate Professor and Director if The Center for Media, Technology and Democracy at McGill, Peter Loewen, Professor and Director of the Policy, Elections, and Representation Lab at the University of Toronto, and Derek Ruths, Associate Professor and Director of the Network Dynamics Laboratory at McGill.

If interested, please submit questions or a CV, a statement of interest, and informatino on (2) references to Aengus Bridgman: by August 15, 2020.