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The University of Michigan School of Information announces a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship position. The position will start as soon as feasible by mutual agreement.

Job Summary

The School of Information at the University of Michigan is recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a NSF-funded project about how social media facilitates (or could facilitate) collaborative civic endeavors. The hired person will work with Associate Professor Libby Hemphill at the School of Information at the University of Michigan. The position begins in Winter 2018; salary and benefits are competitive.

Responsibilities*

The research fellow will work on a NSF-funded project about how social media facilitates (or could facilitate) collaborative civic endeavors. The hired person will work with Associate Professor Libby Hemphill at the School of Information at the University of Michigan.  They will be interviewing community organizers and civic leaders about their engagement efforts. They will also be conducting participatory design workshops to co-create tools that aim to increase civic engagement.

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Experience conducting interview research OR participatory design workshops

  • PhD successfully defended by start date

  • Interest in civic and community engagement

  • Knowledge of theories about technology choice, social movements, OR civic engagement

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in both interviewing AND participatory design
  • Programming experience, especially Python, MongoDB, social media APIs, JavaScrip

  • Knowledge of theories in all the areas mentioned above

  • Experience writing papers for academic audiences

  • Experience working and/or living in rural U.S

Work Locations

During winter term the travel schedule will include a half-day or day at a time in Flint. During the summer, it will mean up to a week at a time in Iowa. Most of the time this will be during business hours, but there may be some weekends or evenings involved. Travel may also be required to present findings at conferences.

The postdoc will have space at the School of Information’s North Quad in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The successful candidate is expected to travel for research to Flint, MI and Northwest Iowa (locations in Clay and Dickinson counties).

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers a competitive benefits package and pay will be commensurate with experience.

This position will begin in Winter 2018.   This position is funded by a research award for one year (with possible extension), assuming satisfactory performance & conduct, and availability of work.  At the University of Michigan, the postdoctoral researcher will be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary research community at the School of Information and will have opportunities to work with researchers at the Institute for Social Research, the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Research Group, and other similar programs.

The School of Information at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and way of knowing and learning

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.