Post Doctoral Scientist, Political Communications

Washington, DC
Feb 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The postdoctoral scientist works closely with Professor Robert Entman, Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs conducting research focused on politics and policies affecting inequality and on media biases, using computerized content analysis of media. Duties include conducting quantitative content analysis of news media texts using both computerized and hand coding, supervising undergraduate research assistants performing content analysis coding, overseeing the analysis of data and documentation of results and preparing and publishing scientific papers with Professor Entman. Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

This is a one year limited term position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Require’s a PhD in the field or in a related area.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Record of published research or record suggesting great promise as demonstrated by scholarly works in progress and recommendations. Preference given to individuals with experience in computerized content analysis.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: RP000239 Job Open Date: 02/15/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Please submit a sample consisting of two papers, one each from two of the following categories: published journal articles, academic conference papers, or dissertation chapters.
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * A proposal briefly describing the independent research project the applicant proposes to undertake while a postdoc at SMPA. It should include the major research questions and hypotheses that will guide the research; a description of the data to be employed; and a discussion of the ways the research would advance theoretical development in the field of political communication.
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents


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