Research Analyst, Disinformation Action Lab 

Data & Society Research Institute is seeking an engaging and collaborative Research Analyst to support the work of the Disinformation Action Lab (DAL).

About the Research Analyst, DAL

The role of Research Analyst, DAL is a full-time, non-exempt position and reports directly to the Project Lead, DAL. This position is ideal for an early career researcher and writer. It’s a role for someone who enjoys shaping and supporting a body of practical research and analysis that helps solve public problems and build the capacity of key organizations.

The candidate will have deep knowledge of the problem of disinformation -- the actors, their ideologies, and their tactics -- and the ability to write about it clearly and concisely on short deadlines. They will also have experience in tracking online disinformation and inauthentic amplification networks. They enjoy thinking strategically about what is needed for research to be useful, relevant, and accessible. Preferred candidates should show an ability to synthesize complex information for any audience, familiarity with social media analytics and monitoring tools, and an affinity for coalition work. They are excited about working in a fast-moving team and prioritizing learning and iteration over perfectionism. 

Responsibilities

 The Research Analyst, DAL will be expected to:

  • Provide monitoring support for topic-specific intelligence gathering within digital platforms 
  • Assist in data compilation, database management, and data analysis
  • Author or contribute to the creation of intel briefs and monitoring reports.
  • Support the creation of applied research materials on disinformation.
  • Assist in presenting best practices to audiences that include civil society stakeholders, journalists, policymakers, and technology companies.  
  • Assist in developing and facilitating various activities to help key stakeholders understand and effectively respond to disinformation. 
  • Support outreach efforts to connect our applied-research work with that of other civil society stakeholders

Qualifications

  • MA degree or relevant equivalent research experience required;
  • Strong writing skills, particularly for a non-academic audience;
  • Ability to deliver work independently with minimal mentorship;
  • Strong time-management skills, the ability to assess the amount of time that a project will take, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to participate in and assist with occasional project-related events (some travel may be required);
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to manage logistics, scheduling, data, and file management;
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion; and
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and eagerness to learn new things, engage in work and solve problems.

Practical Considerations

  • This position is ideally based in NYC but could be done remotely.
  • Annual salary is commensurate on experience, and you will be offered a generous benefits package and paid time off.
  • You must be eligible to work in the United States. We are unable to sponsor visas.

Salary: $60K - $65K (based on a 12-month base salary)

Start date: ASAP

To apply, please submit the following items. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through January 5, 2020:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this role, how you learned about this opportunity, your background in tracking online disinformation, and why you would be a good fit for this position.
  • Your resume/CV
  • A writing sample
  • The names, affiliations, and contact information for two professional references.

About Data & Society

Data & Society focuses on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development. We seek to inform and develop frames for discussion of these complex issues both through our own research and through supporting the expansion of a nascent field of actors concerned about these topics. We want to be a resource, a catalyst, and a convener as new sectors recognize the complexity of the issues and the need for trade­-offs when they increase their reliance on data as a tool for management and decision-making.

We see the field as comprised of researchers, journalists, policymakers, technologists, industry leaders and workers, funders, advocates, and civil society actors. We are committed to helping this field engage substantively, and with an evidence base, in debates over implications arising from the increasing reliance on data at scale to automated decision-making across a range of sectors.

The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.




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