11/04/2019

PhD Position in Social Datafication and Spatial Mobility

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Tallinn University of Technology
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Other
    SociologyOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/06/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Estonia › Tallinn
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2019

Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance (RND) is one of the largest, most internationalized and leading social science research centres in Estonia. As part of Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and its School of Business and Governance, RND functions at the intersection of technological and social science research.

The emergence of big data era has led to serious discussions about social datafication – i.e. the socio-cultural consequences of big data on societies, individual lives, and governmental organizations. Positive consequences like control of spatial mobilities through algorithms and negative consequences like discrimination through datafied decisions are central in these discussions. Estonian society with its contradictions – a highly digitalized environment, moderate use of open data, low awareness of algorithmic control and privacy concerns – offers a highly attractive environment for studying the societal consequences of big data, algorithms, and AI.

Key tasks:

  • The main task of the doctoral researcher is to carry out research in data studies in the field of spatial mobilities (e.g. refugees, highly skilled immigrants, e-residents, ‘data rich’ and ‘data poor’ mobile groups).
  • Participation in the research activities in the domains of (1) data justice - how to avoid discrimination through data, automatized inequalities, racial bias, and movement towards more just data practices, (2) awareness of algorithmic control (the perspectives of data subjects from the Global South, data rich and data poor ethnic / mobile groups), (3) data governance (use of social scoring, AI, machine learning methods in governmental institutions for controlling mobility).
  • Participation in the teaching activities of the research group, including supervision of students;
  • Participation in the administrative functions of the research group.

Benefits

We offer:

  • the chance to do high-level research in an internationally recognized research team; opportunities for conference visits; networking with leading universities in the field of data studies; publishing in high-level journals in the field.
  • Start date: 1 September 2019 (or as soon as possible).
  • The position is financed from the state scholarship and from the projects, which in total provides monthly income up to 1200 EUR net (including 20% national income tax, Estonian national health, social security and pension payments).
  • The position is fixed-term (4 years).

Selection process

Interviewing starts June 15 2019. Priority will be given to applications received on or before June 15 2019.

Additional comments

For more details on the position, please contact:
Dr. Anu Masso, Associate Professor in Big Data in Social Sciences, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, anu.masso@taltech.ee

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Sociology: Master Degree or equivalent
    Other: Master Degree or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications

Qualification requirements:

  • MA or equivalent in social sciences (in the fields of sociology, public administration, media and communication, human geography, or a related discipline);
  • Excellent knowledge of research methods, including quantitative (survey, mobility tracking, basic and advanced statistics, social networks analysis) or qualitative methods (interviewing, textual analysis, visual analysis methods). Knowledge of digital or computational research methods are advantageous.

Specific Requirements

Application requirements

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal (5 pages)
  • When applying for the 1st time for a position in TalTech, duplicate of the required diploma (MA) or other document providing evidence of the necessary qualification.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Tallinn University of Technology
Estonia
Tallinn
12618
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