[ecoop-info] 10 months Postdoc in social media analytics, Newcastle University UK

Alexander Romanovsky alexander.romanovsky at newcastle.ac.uk
Wed Dec 27 11:47:54 CET 2017

*** Research Assistant/Associate (post doc) in Social Media Analytics ***
             School of Computing, Newcastle University, UK

The post is available fixed term for 10 months and is full time.

The research is conducted as part of the project “Leveraging Gamification and
Social Networks for Improving Prevention and Control of Zika, supported by British
Council, in collaboration with a consortium of Universities in Brazil: PUC-Rio de Janeiro,
University of Alagoas, and University of Pernambuco. It builds on prior research
conducted by a number of graduate students during the past three years. In Newcastle,
the leading researchers are in the Scalable Computing group (Dr Missier) and in
 SRS (Secure and Resilient Systems), Prof. Romanovsky.

Please see here for full details and to apply:

You will contribute to our on-going research in the area of social media analytics.
Specifically, you will analyse Twitter data streams and the Twitter users network
using machine learning and social graph mining techniques, with the goal to semi-
automatically identify Twitter users who are most likely to respond well to health
prevention campaigns against tropical virus epidemics such as Dengue, Zika, and
Chikungunya, specifically in Brazil.

You will have an awarded PhD in Computer Science or nearing completion, with
essential prior experience in data analytics and good programming skills
(Python or Java), and desirable prior experience in predictive analytics (supervised,
semi-supervised, and unsupervised learning).

Technical skills required include programming but you must also demonstrate
a passion for data analysis, and be prepared to learn new techniques quickly.
As is typical of data-driven projects, you must also be prepared to try and
compare multiple approaches with an open mind. You must be keen to work
as part of a team and to interact remotely with colleagues (who are located
in Brazil) and be prepared to discuss approaches and solutions with them,
sometimes also dealing with cultural differences.

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