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Senior Researcher

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
Employment Level
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Full Time
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Senior Researcher

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Media Cloud platform ( is a set of online tools for monitoring and measuring online media coverage. The Senior Researcher with the project will conduct research on news and social media discourse and work with partner organizations to analyze conversations in digital media. The Senior Researcher's primary responsibilities are to develop a deep understanding of digital media ecosystems and produce original research with the Media Cloud tools; to work with Media Cloud partners to conduct research on their dynamics; and to use those experiences to help inform further development of the Media Cloud tools

The Senior Researcher will work closely with researchers and developers within the Media Cloud consortium, as well as partners within Northeastern University. This grant-funded position provides an opportunity for someone to conduct important research into how hate speech and radicalization move across media, and relate to themes such as social mobilization and democracy. Scholarly and popular publications will arise from this research.

● Bachelor's degree in social sciences or health-related field, and at least three year's research experience
● Experience and/or interest in social change topics, particularly in the field of political communication, health communication, and/or human rights
● Active participation in online communities
● Experience with creative uses of new technologies for social change
● Project management experience
● Excellent writing and communication skills
● Thoughtful approaches to considering issues from multiple perspectives
● Able to work independently and as part of a team
● Strong group facilitation
● Expertise with explaining complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences
● Master's degree in political sciences, communication, or social sciences
● Fluency in languages other than English

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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