Postdoctoral Associate in Crowdsourcing

Postdoctoral Associate in Crowdsourcing

The Crowd Lab at Virginia Tech is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Associate to conduct cutting-edge research in the general area of crowdsourced data analysis, sensemaking, and investigation. The postdoc will work closely with Dr. Kurt Luther, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and director of the Crowd Lab. The postdoc will also frequently interact with members of the Department of Computer Science (CS), Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI), and Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at VT.

The Crowd Lab at Virginia Tech focuses on studying and designing crowdsourcing systems that support creativity and discovery. Many current projects focus on developing tools for crowdsourced data analysis and sensemaking. One of these is a National Science Foundation-funded project to combine crowdsourced human intelligence with automated techniques to solve mysteries that require lengthy investigations and analyses of complex data. Another is a National Archives-funded project to use crowds to identify interesting trends and patterns in historical documents. The lab is highly interdisciplinary and nearly all projects involve collaborations and/or applications beyond computer science.

The ideal candidate will have research interests and expertise that complements this mission while also bringing a fresh perspective and new ideas. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the leadership of ongoing projects while also initiating new ones based on his or her unique background and expertise. The postdoc will also supervise graduate and undergraduate students and develop grant proposals. The postdoc is not required to teach but will have the opportunity to present his or her work in research seminars and occasional guest lectures.

This position is funded for one calendar year. Start date is flexible but August/September 2016 is preferred. All Ph.D. degree requirements must be complete before starting the position. The postdoc must be able to relocate to Blacksburg, a beautiful and vibrant college town in southwestern Virginia.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in computer science, information science, human-computer interaction, or related field
  • Track record of publications in high-quality venues related to human-computer interaction, social computing, crowdsourcing, and/or computer supported cooperative work
  • Deep knowledge of current issues in crowdsourcing and/or sensemaking research
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creativity, independence, and high motivation for interdisciplinary research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with implementation, development, and evaluation of collaborative software
  • Experience with web-based software development, including HTML/CSS, Javascript, Python and/or PHP, and SQL/databases
  • Experience with user interface design and/or visual design
  • Experience with, or appreciation of, qualitative research methods
  • Evidence of effective project management skills

For more details, and to apply:
Review of applications begins April 11.



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