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Post-doctoral Recruitment for the study of health controversies

For a partnership research project with ANSES, the medalab is recruiting a post-doctoral student for the study of health controversies in the digital public space (21 month contract).

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This position is part of a partnership research project between the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) and the medialab at Sciences Po. 

About the project

The project will last two years and aims at analyzing, in the media and social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Youtube), socio-technical controversies related to health issues of primary interest to ANSES, namely SDHI fungicides and 5G. Beyond these two fields, the project aims to question the contemporary resurgence of rationalist movements in the public space and the way in which different causes are intertwined. 

The project will pool the research carried out by the Agency on these subjects (identification of players, monitoring of files, scientific watch) and the research carried out at the medialab on the digital public space. One of the ambitions of this project is to combine a structural analysis of the composite space formed by the media and the various web platforms with a particular focus on the argumentative dynamics that different issues of debate raise.

The candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, engineers and designers from the medialab and the ANSES, and will be led to collaborate more broadly with other members of the Sciences Po laboratories or researchers.

Missions

The candidate will be in charge of mapping the above topics in the digital media space. The post-doc will implement massive data analysis techniques to report on the discussions that cross the different layers of the digital public space. 

Most of the data will already be collected by the infrastructure maintained at the medialab. However, some additional ad-hoc data collection will probably be necessary. A specific ethnographic work on the three selected sites (SDHI, 5G, rationalists) will guide the work of delimiting the corpuses that will constitute our objects of analysis.

By numerical analysis of the corpuses, we mean at the same time the analysis of the texts put into circulation, the modelling of the actors and their positions that intervene or are commented on on this or that platform, and finally the analysis of the circuits of propagation of the information that can cross different layers of the public space. 

Experiences and skills required

The candidate is expected to have an excellent knowledge of complex data analysis methods and experience or at least some sensitivity to social science issues. The candidate's methodological skills may have been demonstrated by a PhD in a discipline such as computer science, applied mathematics or physics, or, if the individual has a background in the social sciences, by a proven practice in "data science". 

The project will use a variety of quantitative methodologies in complex network analysis, automatic language processing, or machine learning. Although not mandatory, specialization in one of these three fields is welcome. 

Good practice of programming languages such as python or R is required. Knowledge of visualization packages is welcome. 

Work environment

You will be intégré⋅e at the medialab of SciencesPo, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris (distance working possible one day a week or more in the context of a pandemic) and will work with its team of researchers, engineers and designers.

The position is open from the start of the 2020 academic year (starting between October 2020 and February 2021 at the latest), for a period of 21 months.

The proposed gross salary is 3000 € / month. The position includes full health coverage, 40 days paid holidays per year, 5 RTT, 50% public transport and restaurant tickets.

To apply

Send a CV and cover letter detailing your experience and skills relevant to the position, as well as a link to your recent scientific articles (published or in progress) to the following addresses:

  • recrutement.medialab@sciencespo.fr
  • jeanphilippe.cointet@sciencespo.fr