The department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a 22 months postdoctoral position in the political economy of global tracking to be filled by March1 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The Privacy Lost project
The Privacy Lost project uses web tracking (based on cookies and scripts embedded in websites) as a key exemplar of digital surveillance. By mapping the historical diffusion of web tracking through web archives, the project aims to make core elements and dynamics of digital surveillance visible. The ultimate aim of the project is to understand how the dynamics of tracking have been shaped by variations in economic, social and cultural factors across the globe, and how this in turn sheds light on the development of surveillance capitalism.
The engineers of early web tracking companies were quick to realize how tracking could combine with machine learning and be monetized. The project will use similar tools to understand web tracking in a way that is at once fine-grained and large-scale. As part of the project, the historical top-thousands of web pages from multiple geographic and cultural regions will be harvested and classified automatically by genre and tracker types using standard methods from applied machine learning; the results will be further analyzed using methods from network science, information retrieval, and natural language processing, combined with state-of-the-art methods from media studies.
Role of the post doc
The role of the post doc in the project will be to contribute to the theoretical framework of the project by adapting existing theoretical frameworks (e.g. of media systems theory and globalization) to encompass the development of web based surveillance as a part of the wider development of surveillance capitalism. An integral part of this will be to understand how social, cultural and economic factors have combined to shape the availability and use of different types of websites in different countries, and how web tracking relates to this. A particular challenge will be to develop the framework so that it can be operationalized in relation to the empirical material collected as part of the project as a whole. All work will be done in an interdisciplinary environment.
The project will offer the successful applicant an opportunity to participate in pioneering work on the development of surveillance capitalism, and to combine theories and methods from computer science and media studies.
The post doc will be jointly supervised by Associated professors Rasmus Helles (KOMM) and Jakob Grue Simonsen (DIKU) and will be joined by another post doc scholar and a PhD student working on the project. The post doc is expected to partake in, and co-author, publications in traditional venues in computer science (e.g., WWW), respectively in media research (e.g., New Media and Society), and at highly regarded interdisciplinary venues (e.g., PNAS).
Applicants should have or be about to receive a PhD degree in a subject relevant for the research area, e.g. media studies, digital communication or similar, and should have a passionate interest in research. The successful candidate will have a background in an area relevant to the advertisement, for example, media systems analysis, surveillance studies, digital media sociology etc. Experience in computational methods in media and communication studies is an advantage, as is experience with interdisciplinary research, for instance with the computer science.
For further information about the position, please contact Rasmus Helles firstname.lastname@example.org
For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013: https://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/files/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdfApplication
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The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:
- Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
- Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
- Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
- Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
- Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
- Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
- Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.
Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.
Appointment procedureAfter the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.
Further information about the application procedure is available from Salma Schou (HR), e-mail: email@example.com Please refer to ID number 211-0605/20-2I.
Salary and conditions of employmentTerms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 33,600 (EUR 4,507) per month + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.
The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here: https://ism.ku.dk/salary-tax-pension/pension/
If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here : http://ism.ku.dkk, http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm and https://www.workindenmark.dk/
UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.
The closing date for applications is 23:59 20 December 2020 [CET]
Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.
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Deadline: 20 December 2020
Unit: Faculty of Humanities
Campus: Institut for Kommunikation
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Post expires on Sunday December 20th, 2020