WE ARE RECRUITING! Doctoral student with an interest in Big Data analytics, human mobility & social interaction

Are you interested in geoinformatics, big data and social media analytics? Are you curious about the phenomena of human mobility, cross-border mobilities and social interactions of people and transnational people? If yes, check this open four-year doctoral student position at the Digital Geography Lab starting from March 2021 or as agreed with the selected applicant!

We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative, and highly motivated doctoral student with strong technical knowledge and skills to join our interdisciplinary research group Digital Geography Lab and work in the Academy of Finland-funded project BORDERSPACE – Tracing Interactions and Mobilities Beyond State Borders: Towards New Transnational Spaces.

The doctoral project has three objectives. First, to develop methodologies for quantifying human mobility and activity spaces across country borders based on social media data (Twitter). Second, to develop quantitative methodologies for uncovering activity practices of social media users and their feeling of belonging based on the content of their social media posts. Third, to conduct critical research on dynamic cross-border mobility flows derived from big data, integration of transnational people through their cross-border mobilities and social interactions, and how these are influenced by external factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The successful applicant is expected to have strong fluency in programming (Python or R), experience in advanced spatial analytics and/or social media content analysis, and has worked with big data sources such as mobile phone, smart card and social media data. Prior experience in publishing research in academic journals, participating in research community and having a network of international scholars is an asset.

Read more about the position announcement and apply HERE. The deadline is January 31st 2021.

For further information, please contact Academy Research Fellow Olle Järv, olle.jarv(at)helsinki.fi.