Postdoc position in Rome: How social norms emerge and change in on-line communities

Postdoc position in Rome: How social norms emerge and change in on-line communities

The Laboratory of Agent Based Social Simulation (LABSS) at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) is opening a post-doc position for investigating how social norms emerge and change in on-line communities and the extent to which they affect the debate in the online context, e.g., spreading of misinformation and “fake news”, hate speech, etc. This line of research will contribute to the research agenda of the EU-funded HUMANE-AI NET, a network that brings together top European research centers, universities and key industrial champions interested in developing AI-systems capable of “understanding” humans, adapting to complex real-world environments, and appropriately interacting in complex social settings.

The appointment will be for one year (12 months) and it may be extended for an additional period. According to his/her experience, the successful candidate will contribute to this line of research through either a computational approach or an experimental approach.

Job description

Strong and highly motivated candidates with a background in computer science, computational social science or experimental social sciences are invited to apply. Alternative Phd programs with a strong focus on modelling and/or empirical testing will also be considered.

The candidate experience should match one of the following two:

  • Programming skills (e.g., Python, C++), knowledge of agent-based simulation platforms (e.g., NetLogo) and interest in in the modeling of human and social interactions.
  • Experience with the design of laboratory and on-line experiments (O-tree, Z-tree), knowledge of statistical data analysis tools (e.g., R).

Candidates should have substantial methodological expertise in quantitative analysis of social dynamics. Previous experience with working on social norms’ dynamics is a plus. The working language is English.

PhD is not a requirement. We will also consider candidates who are nearing the end of their PhD.

Starting from: The successful applicant is expected to start on January 3rd 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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