Apply online:  https://bit.ly/2Z0PeSd

Apply by Sept. 29, 2021 for earliest consideration.  Position starts in October, 2021.

 

Job Posting Title

Research Scientist, Technology & Information Policy Institute

Job Description

Research Scientist will support the research needs of funded projects in the Technology & Information Policy Institute in the Moody College of Communication. The position is based on grant funding and currently ends August 30, 2023. The position is eligible for renewal pending funding and performance.  Should be passionate about using technologies for disaster communication, and have an interest in learning about artificial intelligence and robotics.

Job Details

General Notes

This position is based on grant funding and is currently scheduled to end August 30, 2023. The position is eligible for renewal pending additional funding. Position is a hybrid workplace model that requires some time on the UT Campus in Austin, Texas.  While working from home candidates must have reliable internet access and a suitable workspace. Candidates must be authorized to work in the US.

Responsibilities will include: 

  • (15%) Building relationships with stakeholders in the area of disaster- and AI-based technology research including but not limited to responding to requests for partnership, identifying and communicating with potential partner organizations, and meeting with potential research partners
  • (45%) Data collection with a focus on conducting qualitative interviews, focus groups, and surveys; database management (including data cleaning, preparation for analyses, and data documentation)
  • (30%) Data analyses (primarily qualitative); writing up research findings for publication in peer-reviewed outlets. There are opportunities for first authorship.
  • (10%) Write up scientific findings for lay audiences (e.g., op eds, blogs, social media)

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in Communication Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Information Science, Civil Engineering or a related field. Strong organizational skills. Experience tracking and managing multiple research projects at various stages of development. A record of research productivity, including published book chapters and/or articles in peer-reviewed journals. Knowledge of the peer review journal system. Copy and editing skills. Should be passionate about using technologies for disaster communication, and have an interest in learning about artificial intelligence and robotics. Must be willing to work both independently and in a collaborative environment, with a diverse group of researchers, and be willing to occasionally travel to collect data or work with researchers in the field (travel less than 10%).

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Communication Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Information Science, Civil Engineering or a related field.
  • Experience conducting, analyzing and publishing qualitative research.
  • Experience publishing in public-facing venues (op-eds, blog posts, youtube videos, etc.)
  • Baseline knowledge of using statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R) to analyze quantitative data.
  • Conversationally fluent in Spanish (for conducting interviews and interacting with community members and stakeholders).

Salary and Working Conditions

Salary Range

$50,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • Position is remote until January 2022, but some field work may occur prior to this date. In January 2022, the position will become hybrid with expectations of working several days a week in our UT Austin office location. 
  • Standard office environment
  • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time for field studies

How to Apply

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

 

Apply online:  https://bit.ly/2Z0PeSd

More information, contact Keri K. Stephens: keristephens@austin.utexas.edu