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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for Complexity in Business

The Center for Complexity in Business at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship. The position will provide salary and benefits for at least one year, but potentially longer contingent upon performance and funding availability. Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates will be expected to work primarily on an NSF-funded interdisciplinary project that examines the diffusion of information and authority in social media. The candidate will be expected to analyze large-scale data sets drawn from Twitter, blogs, and other forms of social media, and develop innovative and new insights into how individuals communicate and collaborate on social media.

We welcome applicants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (e.g., sociology, computer science, information science, and business and management science). Candidates will be expected to be able to analyze large-scale data contained in a relational database. Familiarity with a relational database, such as MySQL, and a high-level analysis platform, such as R, Matlab or SPSS, is required. Candidates who can demonstrate expertise in social network analysis, computational social science, or machine / statistical learning will be given priority. Programming expertise is also a plus.

The postdoctoral researcher will be working with an interdisciplinary team of computer science and management science faculty members, and will potentially become involved with work related to corporate sponsors of the Center for Complexity. Fellows will have full access to the resources of the Center, the Smith School and the University of Maryland, which includes large-scale computing resources and administrative support.

Candidates will be expected to have completed all the requirements for the doctorate in their discipline by the time of the initial appointment. To apply send a vita, a short description of your current and future work, letters of recommendation (up to three), and a writing example (preferably a published or in submission research article). This packet should be sent to Carol Cron ([email protected]) and William Rand ([email protected]).

Prof. William Rand
Director of Center for Complexity in Business
3457 Van Munching Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


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