PhD positions in Computational Communication at the HCDS research group, IT University of Copenhagen – IT-Universitetet (ITU) – Copenhagen

The HCDS team (Human Centered Data Science), in collaboration with the NERDS (Network Data and Society) research group, at the IT University of Copenhagen welcomes applications from aspiring PhD students in Computational Communication Studies, with focus on Computational Social Science, Network Analysis and Social Media Analysis.The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply for a PhD position starting in October or soon thereafter.We invite applicants who want to contribute to the IT University’s vision of creating and sharing knowledge that is profound and leads to groundbreaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity; and to contribute to the Digital Design Department’s research themes on care, creativity, participation, data and AIJob description The project. The project “Visual Persuasion in a Transforming Europe” (PolarVis) is funded under the CHANSE ERA-NET Co-fund program, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program (Grant Agreement no 101004509).Its goal is to understand the role of visual content in contemporary dynamics of polarization, with a specific focus on online polarization. The project will develop a multidisciplinary endeavor to investigate the various phases and actors of online visual content (production, content, audience, and diffusion). The research team from ITU will be leading the work package on online diffusion and it will be responsible for applying network analysis and social media analysis methods to study a) how visual content propagates across multiple online platforms and b) how this propagation processes supports the emergence of polarized network structures.The project will be developed in collaboration with the University of Uppsala, the University of Vienna, the University of Copenhagen, and the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.PI. Luca Rossi, Associate Professor at the Digital Design Department at ITU.The team At ITU the PhD student will collaboration with both the HCDS and the NERDS groups. HCDS is a newly established fast-growing research group that focuses on the human factors in the conception, use, and understanding of data. HCDS focuses understanding and exploring human practices enabled by technology and has expertise in Data Visualization, Human-Data Interaction and HCI (Human Computer Interaction). The NERDS team conducts quantitative research at the intersection of Computational Social Science, Data Science, and Network Science and in 2022 has been awarded as “Research environment of the Year” by the Danish Young Academy. Moreover, given the collaborative project of PolarVis, the PhD candidate is expected to have frequent interaction and collaboration with the InfoLab from Uppsala University, the Computational Communication Science Lab (CCL) of the University of Vienna as well as with the other members of the consortium. Overall, we offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. Both salary and working conditions are excellent. The group is a down-to-earth and fun place to be. Most group members live in Copenhagen which is often named as the best city in the world to live in, and for good reasons. It’s world-renowned for food, beer, art, music, architecture, the Scandinavian “hygge”, and much more.Main responsibilities Contribute to the advancement of groundbreaking research with crucial societal implications, in a highly dynamic and interdisciplinary environment Publish scientific papers at high-impact journals and top-tier conferences PhD student qualifications (36 months positions) Master’s degree in Social Data Science, Sociology, Social Sciences, or other disciplines relevant to the project. Experience with computational methods for the study of online social interactions. Positive attitude towards interdisciplinary collaboration. General information The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.Salary Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).Application The application must be in English and must include: A motivated application, including a cogent argument for how qualified you are for the position and brief statements of research and teaching plans A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.) Copies of max. 5 different publications that are relevant to the position A numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications should be marked with an asterisk (*) Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.Early contact with out faculty staff is stronly encouragedQuestions about the positions can be directed to Associate Professor, Luca Rossi, IT University of Copenhagen, at lucr@itu.dk.Application procedure You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button “Apply for position” in the job announcement on our website.Please read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form. You can see the guidelines through this link.Applications must be written in English. All other documents, such as transcripts must be accompanied by a translation in English or Danish.Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.Application deadline: 15 August 2022, at 23:59 CEST. Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.Location: Digital DesignApplication deadline: 15 Aug 2022

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