Open postdoc position

I am hiring a postdoc to work in a project on multilayer networks, climate change, and polarisation in media. The position is initially for 1 years with the possibility for extension until the end of the project in 2022. Starting date is flexible. The position is at my research group in the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University in Finland.

About the project


The position is in a project “Echo Chambers, Experts and Activists: Networks of Political Communication (ECANET)” funded by the Academy of Finland. The idea is to analyse how network roles and mechanisms related to polarisation work when they are taken out of isolation and multiple networks are considered at the same time. For example, are the polarisation mechanisms in social media amplified or dampened by what the traditional media does? Is there differences between countries in this? Our interdisciplinary team including experts on policy networks (University of Helsinki) and media studies (University of Tampere) will use data analysis and modelling approaches to study this type of questions. As a methodology we will use multilayer networks, and the concrete case we are interested is discussion on climate change in several countries. The project is running for 4 years between 2019-2022.

What do you get

– Access to data and expertise related to project and otherwise
– Freedom and support to pursue your own research ideas (also outside of the project)
– Great place to work in an international research group
– Decent salary (currently standard postdoc salaries are around 3500-3700 EUR per month before taxes)

Who am I looking for

You should have:
– Solid background in network science and analysis of network data
– Programming skills needed to do simulations and data analysis (we mostly use Python/C++)
– Interest to work in an interdisciplinary project together with social scientists
– Interest towards multilayer networks and other topics of the project

It is considered a bonus if you have:
– Experience extracting and working with Twitter data
– Experience in multilayer networks
– Knowledge of climate change politics, policy networks, media studies or other topics of the project

How to apply

To apply just email me at mikko.kivela (at) aalto.fi. You can include a CV if you have one ready, but don’t let it stop you if you are still working on it. I will arrange Skype interviews with candidates as applications come in.

Another position soon available in the project

We will soon be advertising another postdoc position in the same project. This position is for a scholar with a background in political science/sociology/communication or a related field, proficiency in quantitative methods and interest in analysing social media networks. This position is for 1-3 years, starting in late spring 2019 (or as agreed) at the University of Helsinki. If you’d like to be notified when this position opens or have a question about it, contact tuomas.yla-anttila@helsinki.fi