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From: danah boyd <[address removed]>
Date: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Subject: Data & Society is in search of additional Research Assistants
With lots of interesting projects coming our way, Data & Society needs
to hire some good research assistants (based in NYC). The public job
description, including instructions, is here:
Could y'all forward this to folks you know?
Data & Society Research Institute is looking for a few good Research Assistants!
Data & Society is an NYC-based think/do tank focused on social,
cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological
development. For more information, visit http://www.dataso....
Data & Society is spearheaded by danah boyd and includes an amazing
cast of fellows, researchers, and advisors. RAs will work with all of
the above, moving between projects as appropriate, depending on skill
sets and needs.
A successful candidate will be a self-starter who is passionate and
knowledgeable about the social and cultural implications of
technology. Strong skills in writing, organization, and academic
research are essential, as are time-management and multi-tasking.
Minimal qualifications are a BA or equivalent degree in a legal,
humanities, social science, or related discipline and some familiarity
with the study of technology and society. Successful candidates will
most likely have prior experience doing RA type work.
Job responsibilities will include:
– Sourcing and curating relevant literature and research materials
– Producing literature reviews and/or annotated bibliographies
– Editing manuscripts
– Assisting with research project, meeting, and event organization
– Providing background briefs on policies, issues, and stakeholders
– Coordinating researchers and synthesizing their work
– Conduct and or assist with some original research
The RA will also get to collaborate on ongoing research, work with
external thought leaders, attend events hosted by Data & Society, and
help produce influential materials that shape public thinking.
Depending on the specific RA project, some RAs will have the
opportunity to co-author publications. Quite often, RAs are expected
to translate academic material into public-facing documents.
While we are predominantly looking for full-time (40 hours per week)
RAs, we are open to part-time RAs (20-30 hours per week) as well. RAs
will work on site in New York, NY. Residency is a requirement, and
candidates must have the ability to work legally in the United States.
This is a one-year position, paid hourly, with flexible daytime hours.
Health insurance is available for those who work at least 30 hours per
week. We will be hiring on a rolling basis.
Current projects that require research assistants focus on:
– Data, discrimination, and civil rights
– Future of labor and work
– Technology's role in human rights
– Socio-technical education policy
– Ethical “big data” research practices
This position is ideal for junior scholars who will be applying to
Master's or PhD programs in Communication, Media Studies, Sociology,
Anthropology, Information Studies, and related fields and who want to
develop and hone their research skills before entering a graduate
program. Current New York-based MA/PhD students are welcome to apply
provided they are able to commit to 20-40 hours of on-site work per
RAs are given a lot of freedom, responsibility, and discretion to
fulfill the work. Candidates must be comfortable taking initial
direction, asking questions, managing time, and pursuing the work with
limited supervision. The work often requires RAs to pivot quickly as
the project mandate shifts. This position will help RAs hone skills
necessary to a successful scholarly career, but it will not work for
someone seeking daily mentorship.
To apply, please send an email to danah boyd at [address removed]
with the subject “RA Application” and include the following
– One-page, single-spaced personal statement, including a
description of research experience, interests, and professional goals
– CV or resume
– Writing sample (preferably a literature review or a
– Links to online presence (e.g., blog, homepage, Twitter,
journalistic endeavors, etc.)
– The names and email addresses of two recommenders
– A cover letter that includes citizenship/legal residency
status, number of hours available to work per week, current city of
residence, available start date, current student status, and any other
practical consideration that may be important for us to know
We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to
do so until we find appropriate candidates.
Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the
position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect
negatively on your application.
The work and well-being of the Data & Society Research Institute is
strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in
background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual
orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of
color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.
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