Are you interested in studying human mobility and social interactions that take place in the cross-border context, and doing advanced spatial and content analysis using millions of social media posts? If so, consider applying for a postdoc position at the Digital Geography Lab (DGL) to work with Academy Research Fellow Olle Järv from November 2021 (or sooner/later as agreed)!
We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative, and open-minded team player with strong technical knowledge and skills to join our interdisciplinary DGL research group and work in the Academy of Finland-funded project BORDERSPACE – Tracing Interactions and Mobilities Beyond State Borders: Towards New Transnational Spaces.
The possible research topic can be among the following four lines of research:
- quantifying human mobility and activity spaces across country borders, based on social media data (Twitter), including developing concepts and methods of the field;
- examining people’s perceptions and embodied experiences regarding transnational lifestyle, and their feelings of belonging using quantitative content analysis of millions of social media posts;
- identifying functional cross-border regions based on human mobility and interactions, including developing concepts and methods of the field;
- investigating the influence of external factors such as the global COVID-19 pandemic on cross-border mobilities, people’s perceptions and embodied experiences regarding transnational lifestyle, and their feelings of belonging to different societies.
The successful applicant is expected to have: 1) strong fluency in programming and automation; 2) experience in working with large-scale quantitative datasets (e.g., mobile phone & social media data) and machine-learning; 3) experience in advanced spatial analytics and/or (social media) textual content analysis; 4) an excellent command of oral and written English as demonstrated by published studies in peer-reviewed journals and active participation in research community; and 5) high motivation to pursue an academic career. Prior theoretical knowledge on one or several of the project’s four research lines (see above) is an asset.
Read more about the position announcement and apply HERE. The deadline is September 14th 2021.
For more information about the position, or any questions about the BORDERSPACE project and potential fit, please contact Olle Järv, olle.jarv(at)helsinki.fi.