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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Computational Social Science

Posted: 12/7/2018 (Employment)

The Department of Sociology, in partnership with the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and the Network Science Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington is seeking multiple postdoctoral fellows to contribute to projects funded by the IU Grand Challenge: Responding to the Addictions Crisis. The fellowship will provide opportunities to conduct independent and collaborative research under the mentorship of Drs. Brea Perry (Sociology), Yong-Yeol (YY) Ahn (Informatics), Hank Green (IUNI), and Bernice Pescosolido (Sociology). The postdoctoral fellow will work with a highly interdisciplinary team on research addressing the opioid crisis, including access to treatment, community-based risk-factors, drug-seeking behavior, overdose, and stigma. The projects leverage a large-scale prescription and medical claims dataset, applying methods and theory from sociology, behavioral science, network science, econometrics, data science, and machine learning. The candidate must have strong computational skills and should be able to process and analyze large-scale datasets using tools from network science and/or machine learning. Expertise and experience in any of the relevant fields, including network science, machine learning, statistical modeling, medical sociology, and opioid addiction, is not strictly necessary, but will be highly valued. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented minorities. The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive and equitable community of students and scholars.

Terms of Agreement This position will provide postdoctoral research training and support renewable for a second year upon satisfactory performance. The fellow will be expected to learn new research skills, develop independent avenues of research, and participate in interdisciplinary team science. The position begins on August 1, 2019.

Application Process We invite applications from qualified candidates at the beginning of their academic careers who do not yet hold tenure-track academic positions. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand, or must have a letter from the chair of their dissertation committee confirming the timeline for completion of the Ph.D. and filing by June 30, 2019. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research statement, writing sample, and three letters of reference. Applications should be submitted online at: Queries should be sent to Dr. Brea Perry at Applications received by January 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST will receive full consideration. Information about the Department of Sociology (, the Indiana University Network Science Institute (, and the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering ( can be found online.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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Deadline: 01/15/2019

Location: Indiana University