SFI seeks a program postdoc to play a key role in a project studying the relationship between diversity of opinions and group performance. Using natural language processing of large number of online group discussions, group experiments, and computational modeling, the project will 1) investigate how task complexity and external threat influence groups’ propensity for exploration vs. exploitation, 2) study strategies groups use to promote or suppress novel opinions, such as policing, ostracism, and stereotyping, and 3) integrate previously disconnected literatures on exploration-exploitation tradeoffs, collective problem solving, social learning, and social judgments.
The postdoc will play a key role in all aspects of the project. The position will enable transdisciplinary training in theories and methods relevant for studies of complex social systems. Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to participate in the postdoctoral fellows leadership program activities and to interact and collaborate with members of the larger SFI community.
The ideal starting date is the Spring of 2018, though that is somewhat flexible. The position will last for 2 years. The position includes full employee benefits including insurance, paid time off, and modest relocation support.
• a Ph.D. in any scientific discipline
• a demonstrated interest and experience in building and analyzing large textual corpora relevant for studying social and cognitive processes
• strong interest in quantitative modeling of empirically measured cognitive and social processes and experimental research
• strong quantitative and computational skills, facility in using Python, as well as Matlab or R
• a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively
• evidence of the ability to think outside traditional paradigms.
• an exemplary academic record
Please send an email containing your CV and a 1-page description of your relevant projects and interests to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SFI Program Postdoc, Opinion Diversity” in the subject line. Please include names and contact information of two or preferably three references. Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 31st, 2018. For additional information, you may email Prof. Mirta Galesic at email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and women, veterans, and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but you should be a U.S. permanent resident or eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship.