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        Date: 2023-04-11 06:47:37+00:00
        From: Kalfoglou, Maribeth <>
        Subject: Postdoctoral Fellow: Transdisciplinary Institute in Applied Data Science

   Postdoctoral Fellow: Transdisciplinary Institute in Applied Data
   Science (TRIADS)

     Washington University in St. Louis - Danforth Campus: School of Arts
     & Sciences

       St. Louis, MO

       Open Date
       Mar 23, 2023


The Transdisciplinary Institute in Applied Data Science (TRIADS) at
Washington University in St. Louisis seeking applications for a new
Postdoctoral Fellows Program for the 2023-2024 academic year. The
appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewing for a
second year contingent upon satisfactory performance, and the
anticipated start date is July 1, 2023. Fellows will receive a salary,
benefits, as well as an annual budget to pay for travel costs and
research expenses.

The mission of TRIADS is to support transdisciplinary research programs
that harness advanced methods and tools in the service of better
understanding our world and addressing urgent social issues. We are
looking for fellows who are interested in researching critical issues
facing society in a collaborative way, including both methodological and
applied researchers. We take a broad view of data science and encourage
applicants from all research traditions to apply.  Skills of interest
include, but are not limited to, novel methods of data collection, data
analysis, algorithm design, theoretical modeling, and applied
quantitative or qualitative analysis in relevant substantive domains.

Fellows will pursue their own research agenda in a vibrant
interdisciplinary intellectual community and connect with mentors in
multiple fields. In addition, fellows will be responsible for
participating/leading TRIADS activities and honing their professional
skills through constructing a new curriculum of workshops and short
courses for our community. We are looking for self-motivated scholars
who will contribute new ideas and actively seek collaborations with
other fellows, faculty, and students across all schools at Washington

A core value of TRIADS is to create an open and inclusive intellectual
community. We strongly encourage applications from researchers with
diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. You can learn more
about policies to help postdocs from all backgrounds thrive at
Washington University in St. Louis at:

Examples of areas of research

TRIADS Postdoctoral Fellows will collaborate with faculty at Washington
University in St. Louis in a wide array of research areas, and the
program offers numerous opportunities to engage with the broader data
science community at the university and beyond. Successful applicants
will be expected to lead their own research agenda while collaborating
with others. Some concrete examples of the kinds of research our
community is engaged in are listed below.

AI and society: How can AI be better designed to interface with human
decisions makers in a manner that takes into account well understood
cognitive biases? How do filtering algorithms on social media work to
create or remediate polarization in news consumption?

Text, audio, video, and multimodal data: Across the social sciences,
scholars are exploring ways to use new forms of data to answer core
social science questions. Can we use advances in large language models
to better measure important concepts latent in large text corpora? How
will “deep fake” technology affect the health of the information ecosystem?

Computational public health: How can we use largescale datasets of
environmental factors and health outcomes to understand the geographic
disparities in public health outcomes across neighborhoods in American
cities? How do historical race-based redlining policies affect public
health outcomes today? How can we better incorporate human behavioral
constraints into models of contagion in a pandemic?

Geospatial data: Can we combine satellite imagery with data on human
movement patterns to understand how physical terrain and political
borders affect migration patterns? How do flooding events captured in
video data in local municipalities affect the health of local residence?

Race, power, and equity: Issues facing society like structural racism
require a broad approach, drawing insights from multiple disciplines and
methodological traditions. How are sources of misinformation
specifically targeting minority communities, and what steps can be taken
to remediate these attempted manipulations? To what extent are
racial/ethnic biases present in large language models, and how will this
affect the outputs of products built from them?

Advances in survey methodology: Can we use large-scale datasets
tracking online behavior to estimate latent public opinion on specific
issues while preserving the privacy of participants? Can we better use
mobile technologies for both intensive surveys and leveraging passively
collected data like location and background audio? Can we use recent
advances in machine learning models such as Gaussian process regression
to build more flexible estimates of dynamic latent traits?

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a
comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees.
Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time
equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our
website at
<> to view a summary of postdoctoral benefits.

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of
individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive
environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from
diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a
commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

Each year Washington University publishes a Safety and Security brochure
that details what to do and whom to contact in an emergency. This report
also publishes the federally required annual security and fire safety
reports, containing campus crime and fire statistics as well as key
university policies and procedures. You may access the Safety and
Security brochure at


We are looking for early-stage scholars who want to work in an
inclusive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research environment.
All applicant must have a doctorate before their appointment begins, but
we are open to many fields of study. Applicants may have training in any
number of relevant areas including the social sciences, computer
science, statistics, public health, or the digital humanities.

       Application Instructions

We will begin reviewing applications on April 15, 2023, and will
continue accepting applications until May 15. Early applications are
strongly encouraged.

Materials should be uploaded via Interfolio here: <>.
Required application documents include:

  1. A CV.
  2. A cover letter (2 pages max) that describes your research interests
     and why you are interested in the TRIADS Postdoctoral Fellows
     Program and the specific faculty mentors you list. You should
     identify at least two and no more than four faculty members at
     Washington University in St. Louis with whom you would like to work.
     Applicants are especially encouraged to consult our faculty
     affiliates <> who have
     specifically indicated interest in working with TRIADS postdoctoral
     fellows. Candidates are not expected to already have communicated
     with the faculty and should not contact them directly prior to
     submission. TRIADS will communicate with potential faculty mentors
     for our most promising applicants.
  3. A short research statement (2-3 pages) that summarizes your
     interests and experience. The statement should explain how your
     research can advance the TRIADS mission of harnessing advanced
     methods and tools to better understand our world and address urgent
     social issues.
  4. Up to three writing examples which can include published papers,
     working papers, or dissertation chapters.
  5. A teaching statement indicating your experience in instruction and
     briefly describing at least one workshop or short course you would
     want to teach. We are open to a wide range of training that could be
     of value to our community, including courses that are focused on
     technical content (e.g., programming, GIS, SQL databases),
     methodological (e.g., structural modeling, machine learning, survey
     methods, text modeling for the humanities), or skills-based (e.g.,
     project management, team communications, grant development).
  6. 2-3 letters of references. Please let your reference writers know
     that you have applied as your application will be viewed as
     incomplete without their submission.
We will begin reviewing applications on April 15, and will continue
reviewing applicants until May 15. Applicants are strongly encouraged to
apply by the April 15th deadline. All applicants will be informed of the
final decision by the end of June.

For more information about TRIADS, please visit

For questions about the TRIADS Postdoctoral Fellows Program, please
contact <>

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