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Research Asst Professor - Media Forensics Hub

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

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Research Asst Professor - Media Forensics Hub

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

The Media Forensics Hub at Clemson University (Clemson, SC) seeks applicants for a research faculty position to contribute to a variety of data-intensive projects analyzing disinformation, deception, and inauthenticity online. The initial appointment is for two years, during which time the candidate will provide valuable technical expertise, especially in the collection and analysis of large and diverse social-media datasets.


The selected candidate will contribute to ongoing efforts analyzing deception and inauthenticity online, but they will be expected to build their own research program as they mature in the position. As part of this ongoing work, a successful candidate will develop new modes of analysis for large datasets containing records from known inauthentic social-media accounts. They will apply existing NLP, ML, and statistics techniques to analyze social media data in new ways and develop descriptive and statistical models to robustly characterize the strategy and tactics employed by bad actors.


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 and analyze reliable and comparable data across platforms. Someone who is a great fit for this position will grow to lead several ongoing projects in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students at Clemson and around the world.


Expected Start Date: The start-date for this position is flexible from immediately through the summer of 2023.


A PhD in any field is required for this position, as is demonstrated expertise in programming for statistical or data-scientific analyses. Experience building data pipelines, especially for social media, strongly preferred.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, submit all application materials by October 31, 2022.

Please submit the following documents to Interfolio (

(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 (GitHub Repo, code sample, etc..)

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.


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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