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 Postdoctoral Researchers
Institution/Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Job Location: Illinois, U.S.A.
Job Type: Postdoctoral
Contact Person: Dolores Albarracin
Date Posted: August 27th, 2018

Postdoctoral Researchers - Social Psychology and Data Science

Position Description
The Social Action Lab and Health and Social Media Group at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seek outstanding Postdoctoral Researchers to begin immediately. The successful candidate will participate in a NIH grant-funded project that involves a national survey of men who have sex with men, health and structural county-level data, and social media postings. The research involves conducting both primary data collection assessing HIV protective behaviors and advancing psychological theory about persuasion and behavior change, as well as secondary data analyses on a large geographical scale to develop machine learning models of message efficacy and dissemination. The Researchers will collaborate with the project investigators (Dr. Dolores Albarracin – Professor of Psychology, Business and Medicine, Department of Psychology, Dr. Man-pui Sally Chan – Research Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Dr. Chengxiang Zhai – Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Dr. Bo Li, Department of Statistics) to answer research questions, design studies, prepare publications, and write reports. Researchers will have an opportunity to work with our highly interdisciplinary, collaborative, and dynamic research groups, which meet regularly and include leading scientists and trainees with expertise in several disciplines including: social and health psychology, epidemiology, social determinants of health, natural language processing, image processing, and machine learning.

Basic Qualifications
1) Ph.D. in psychology, communication, information science, computer science, social epidemiology or a related field, 2) Experience managing and programming large-scale data sets in Python or R (previous experience with other programming languages is a plus), 3) demonstrated ability to implement and interpret advanced statistics; and 4) excellent writing skills.

Additional Qualifications
Interest in and experience in analyzing social media data (e.g., Twitter, Instagram, and reddit, etc.) and contributing to behavioral science theory are a plus.

Special Instructions
Please send your CV, a research statement, and at least two representative reprints or preprints.

Contact Information
Dolores Albarracin Ph.D. and Man-Pui Sally Chan Ph.D.

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The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

References will be requested as part of the application process.

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