Center for Information Networks and Democracy

Postdoctoral Fellowship Call

Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for Information Networks and Democracy (CIND) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to begin by January 15, 2024.

We seek a recent Ph.D. with an interest in political communication and computational social science/data science to design and execute research in one of the six areas of interest to the Center (algorithmic curation, collective action, digital inequalities, political segregation, information ecosystems, and political engagement). Preference will be given to candidates that have proven coding skills in R and/or Python, experience with statistical modeling (including the analysis of networks), and an interest in advancing a multi-disciplinary research agenda. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work with the Center’s co-directors (Sandra González-Bailón and Yphtach Lelkes) in the development and publication of research and will help provide mentorship to the Center’s graduate students.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will receive a minimum stipend of $65,000 commensurate with prior postdoctoral experience, individual healthcare, and dependent coverage, and $3,000 in research and travel funds per year. In addition, CIND will cover $1,000 in domestic relocation expenses and $2000 if moving internationally. This is a two-year fellowship (upon successful probation review) and will begin on January 15, 2024 or earlier, subject to work authorization requirements. The chosen applicant must have successfully defended their dissertation by the start of the Fellowship. Please note all postdoctoral fellows must submit documentation to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States. Non-US citizens selected for this position will be required to apply for an appropriate US visa.

Applicants should submit their CV, a two-page statement of their research interests and how they relate to the Center’s mission, two authored papers (published or in progress), and contact information for three references (letters are not needed at this stage). These documents should be submitted as PDF files to Maura Reilly-Ulmanek ( Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications will begin on September 25, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled.

About the Annenberg School for Communication

Primarily a graduate school of communication research with approximately 20 full-time faculty, 80 doctoral students, and 25 postdoctoral fellows, the Annenberg School for Communication is a vibrant, diverse, and close-knit community of scholars at the forefront of engaging today's media landscape and its impact on the major issues of our world. The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803.