[CogSci] Postdoctoral Position in the Science of Science at UCLA

Jacob Foster jacobgfoster at gmail.com
Fri Nov 8 22:38:46 PST 2019

Dear CogSci friends,

Would you please forward this announcement to the list? Thanks so much!


*Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCLA Department of Sociology*

Jacob Foster (UCLA Department of Sociology; Affiliate, Center for Social
Statistics) is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position to begin in
January 2020 or earlier (start date negotiable). Initial appointment will
be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second. The position
is part of a major project in “Diverse Intelligences,” funded by the
Templeton World Charity Foundation. Diverse Intelligences is a new
transdisciplinary initiative that aims to break new ground in the study of
mind, cognition, and intelligence (of diverse forms and manifestations) by
pulling down the barriers between disciplines. The postdoc will lead
projects that apply methods from the “science of science” to the study of
this emerging research community, helping us to understand how collective
intelligence is socially produced by scientific fields.

Ideal candidates will have a PhD in a relevant field. We are open to
candidates from both computational science backgrounds (e.g., information
science, cognitive science, computer science, applied mathematics, physics,
network science) or social science backgrounds (e.g., sociology, history
and philosophy of science, science & technology studies). Candidates must
have some expertise in techniques relevant to computational social science
(e.g., network analysis, machine learning, natural language processing).
While candidates need not have experience studying scientists, scientific
publications, and other traces of scientific activity, such background is
certainly desirable.

The postdoc will be embedded in a vibrant community of computational social
scientists at UCLA, with ties to scholars with substantive expertise across
the disciplines that study Diverse Intelligences.

Informal inquiries from potential applicants regarding details of the
position, candidate suitability, etc. should be sent to foster at soc.ucla.edu.
Formal application materials should include a CV, cover letter with
statement of research interests and experience, contact information for
three references, and up to three publications. Applications will be
considered on a rotating basis until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive full consideration without regard to
race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin,
disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
Women and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to

Please feel free to forward this announcement as appropriate!
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