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Full-Time Postdoctoral Associate —
Social Media and Democracy

Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
Stanford Digital Economy Lab

Posted
December 9. 2022

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Position
The Stanford Digital Economy Lab seeks two Full-Time Postdoctoral Associates to conduct projects focused on social media and democracy.

NOTE: The Lab is also currently seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to focus on economic measurement and GDP-B.

Employer
Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Stanford Digital Economy Lab

Location
Stanford, CA

Deadline
Rolling, with a closing date of March 15, 2023. Strong preference will be given to early applicants.

Job description

Postdoctoral Associate – Social Media and Democracy

The positions will have a priority project, led by Professor Erik Brynjolfsson and Professor Sandy Pentland (MIT and Visiting Scholar at Stanford), as well as the opportunity to work with other faculty, fellows, and PIs on additional topics. This position will focus on digital platform governance and democracy.

The primary focus of these postdoctoral associates will be digital platform functions and structures. In particular, the flow of information and social connections via increasingly ubiquitous digital media channels is critical to the well-being of society, the health of democracy, and the pace of progress. Social and technical systems that amplify the spread of truth, insight, and cooperation will advance these goals, while those that amplify misinformation, confusion, exploitation, and polarization will damage them. 

By employing an experimental and iterative approach, these postdoctoral associates will help us to explore and test new digital platform governance strategies, privacy paradigms, business models, and social media content moderation systems, including those enabled by Web 3.0. 

In addition to the priority project, the postdoctoral associates will have the opportunity to work with other researchers at Stanford and MIT. High-level topic areas include the effects of technology on skills and wages, mega-scale digital experimentation, platform business model economics and governance, behavioral economics, social prediction, and others. Our research projects are both rigorous and relevant, aiming to produce papers for top academic journals while also informing policy and practice through other contributions.

Requirements
Highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with extensive experience in (1) designing & running digital platform experiments; (2) good knowledge of behavioral economics and related social science;  (3) familiarity with and interest in the literature on economics of digitization, two-sided networks, social media, and decentralized digital architectures; (4) extensive experience in data processing, data analysis, cognitive science, and econometrics. 

Must be able to work well with academics and industry executives alike. English language skills (verbal and written) must be strong. PhD in a Management Science, Computer Science,  Economics, Statistics, or equivalent field with the Doctorate conferred prior to start date.

About the Stanford Digital Economy Lab: 
We bring together an interdisciplinary group of passionate researchers to study how digital technologies are transforming work, organizations, and the economy. Our insights are helping companies, policymakers, students, and professionals rise to the challenges and opportunities created by digitization. The Lab is part of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and co-sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).

Application deadline
Rolling, with a closing date of March 15, 2023. Strong preference will be given to early applicants.

Application instructions
To apply, please complete the application form, which includes a CV, cover letter, the names and email addresses of three references, and key papers that demonstrate your research skills.

Salary
Commensurate with experience and competitive with similar positions.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About us

The Stanford Digital Economy Lab brings together an interdisciplinary group of passionate researchers to study how digital technologies are transforming work, organizations, and the economy. Our insights are helping companies, policymakers, students, and professionals rise to the challenges and opportunities created by digitization. We believe in the power of human work and that augmenting human capabilities with machine capabilities will lead to the most profitable gains for everyone.

The Lab is part of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and is co-sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).

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