15 April 2021

PhD Fellowship in Social Data Science

PhD Fellowship in Social Data Science in Joint Research Initiative by the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and the University of Edinburgh (UK)

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for two PhD candidates in the area of Social Data Science, broadly defined. The PhD projects should deal with important problems and phenomena related to social science (such as climate change, conflict and discrimination, challenges of digitalization, poor health behaviors, misinformation, etc.). PhD students are expected to address (one of these) issues using methods from computational/data science, including (but not limited to) netnography, network analysis, computational text analysis, and machine learning.

Applicants can have a background either in a social science discipline (e.g., anthropology, economics, sociology, political science psychology) or in data science. We are looking for the most talented candidates that ideally bring some knowledge and experience in either one of the content areas, or the methods, or both.

What do we offer?

The PhD positions will be part of a joint research initiative by the Center for Social Data Science (SODAS, https://sodas.ku.dk/), University of Copenhagen/Denmark, and the Center for Data, Culture & Society (https://www.cdcs.ed.ac.uk/), University of Edinburgh/UK. Both institutions offer a lively research environment and host a number of researchers who have expertise in various social science areas and computational/data science methods.

We offer competitive, fully funded PhD positions based on local standards. One PhD candidate will be based in Copenhagen and one in Edinburgh, with joint supervisors from both universities. It is expected that PhD students spend two years at their home university and one year at the partner university.

How do apply?

Interested candidates should submit their application materials via the online application portal of the university they wish to have as their home university. The job postings below provide further information about the local conditions for PhD candidates:

University of Copenhagen: https://employment.ku.dk/phd/?show=153838

University of Edinburgh: https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/international/humanities/cross-disciplinary/edinburgh-copenhagen

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2021. Applications should submit the following materials:

  • Cover/motivation letter
  • Diplomas and transcripts of grades (if applicable)
  • Bachelor and Master theses (if applicable)
  • Proposal for a PhD research project in the area of social data science (1,000-1,500 words) including the main objectives, data to be collected/analyzed, and methods used for analyses

For more information please contact PhD administrator Louise-Marie Lausten lml@sodas.ku.dk or Head of PhD program, Robert Böhm rb@psy.ku.dk