Data Justice Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Digital Interests Lab
New York University: NYU - NY: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and
Human Development: Office of Research: PRIISM
New York, NY
May 10, 2022
Jun 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The Digital Interests Lab is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in " Data
Justice " starting September 2022 with opportunity for annual renewal
through 2024. Based at New York University (NYU), the Digital Interests Lab
is a research collaborative that fosters interdisciplinary scholarship on data
governance and public accountability. The fellow will work in close
collaboration with Dr. Anne L. Washington, the Principal Investigator (PI)
and Director of the Lab in addition to another postdoctoral fellow in Racial
Equity being hired simultaneously.
The Data Justice fellow will elevate remedies and new approaches to rebalance
historic inequities in data generation, clustering, optimization, and
analysis. A justice framework empowers, restores, and responds to human
potential beyond the confines of limiting social and racial hierarchies. This
fellowship will emphasize communicating to general audiences and translating
academic research into actionable ideas.
Requirements include a doctoral degree in a relevant field such as information
studies, socio-technical studies, computational social science, economics,
statistics, public health, human-computer interaction, management information
systems, quantitative sociology, or public policy in addition to research
interests such as ethnic studies, African-American history, tech ethics, open
data, standards, or data governance. This is not a data science position
although anyone is welcomed who has advanced technical skills and an ability
to write. Experience with text as data is a plus.
The fellow will divide time across two broad areas:
Participation. Postdocs will actively participate in the intellectual life
of the lab by exchanging drafts, sharing research in informal settings,
and attending regular Lab meetings.
Professional Development. Applicants should envision a research stream
that supports the mission of the Lab including contributing to co-authored
papers In collaborative partnership with the PI, each fellow will create a
2-year career plan, which will include public presentations of work.
The fellow will join NYU's Washington Square campus in New York City, however
remote or non-resident fellows are welcomed. The positions are situated within
the academic department of Applied Statistics, Social Sciences and Humanities
which is part of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human
Development. The fellowships are housed within the Center for Practice and
Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology
The ideal candidate is a strong writer who is familiar with a range of
methodological approaches; can work in a team or independently; has a track
record of cross-disciplinary work; and displays an interest in practical
applications of academic scholarship. Proven professional familiarity with
racial equity in the tech industry is a plus. Demonstrated teamwork in
theater, sports, music, or project-based collaborations preferred.
Applicants must provide a short statement that covers the following three
Proposal : We are committed to accountability in digital
infrastructures. Describe your one-year empirical project and its broader
impact or envision one that might address: digitized social hierarchies;
patterns of injustice or exclusion; subverted power dynamics;
computational, community, governance, or regulatory solutions;
infrastructure, standards, or legitimacy; human resilience and historic
legacies in digital infrastructure.
Accountability : We represent many social, political, and economic
groups. Please discuss how your personal experiences and/or scholarship
challenge systems that enforce power imbalances.
Methods : We are open to different methodological approaches. Please
describe your scholarly training or address any of these questions: What
is your epistemology? Which theorists or methodologists do you cite? What
are your favorite software packages? Which methods class have you taken?
Please submit your application on Interfolio. The application must include a
CV, a writing sample (max 2 documents), contact information (name, title,
and email address) for 2-3 references, and the requested statement (max 3
pages or ~900 words). Applications received by the deadline Monday, June 6,
2022 will receive priority. Only Interfolio applications with the requested
statement will be considered.
The annualized salary of $70,000 was generously funded by a gift from the
Microsoft Corporation. Fellows are supported with health benefits and a
stipend for travel or computing.
You may also directly contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with "
Justice PostDoc2022 " in the subject line.
This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search.
Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all
application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free
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