Research Asst Professor - Media Forensics Hub

Employer
Clemson University
Location
320 Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall, Clemson, SC

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Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Research Asst Professor - Media Forensics Hub

Location:
320 Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall, Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Apr 22, 2022
Description:

The Media Forensics Hub at Clemson University (Clemson, SC) seeks applicants to contribute to building standardized measures for understanding coordinated social media information operations across platforms.

The initial appointment is for two years, during which time the candidate will provide valuable technical skills, especially in the collection and analysis of large and heterogeneous social-media datasets, with focused effort toward two primary tasks that will provide foundational resources for the study of coordinated inauthentic (disinformation) operations (CIOs), on social media and beyond.

The selected candidate will initially contribute to two ongoing efforts, but they are expected to establish their own research portfolio as they grow into the position. These two initial projects are: A General Characterization of the Strategy and Tactics of Coordinated Information Operations The selected candidate will develop preliminary results to support mid- to largescale proposals focused on the systematic characterization of coordinated inauthentic informational operations on social media. Working with an existing media forensics team at Clemson, the successful candidate will develop new modes of analysis for large datasets containing records from known inauthentic CIOs. This will involve the application of existing NLP and ML techniques to analyze the content of social media data. Combining this content analysis with other metadata sources, the candidate will develop descriptive and statistical models to robustly characterize the strategy and tactics behind a range of CIOs. Cross-Platform Data Collection and Regularization. CIOs often operate across several media channels and social media platforms. The selected candidate will develop a suite of tools for the collection, normalization, and analysis of data from a variety of social-media platforms including Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, and others. The candidate will leverage content analysis techniques to identify matching narratives across these platforms. Combining narrative information with other account characteristics, they will begin to build a framework for connecting accounts, groups of accounts, and the narratives they promote across the platform datastreams. The goal of the position is to strengthen the already strong research program in disinformation and media forensics at Clemson University by increasing the ability to access reliable and comparable data across campaigns and platforms.


Qualifications:

Earned PhD with an interest in social media, data science/engineering, and social science. Experience building data pipelines, especially for social media, strongly preferred.


Application Instructions:

For full consideration, submit all application materials by May 18, 2022. Please submit the following documents to Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/106082

(1) A Current Curriculum Vitae (2) A Letter of Interest (3) Contact information, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers, for three (3) professional references (4) Examples of Written Work (5) Evidence of programming expertise and experience, ideally in Python.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.

 

Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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