Postdoctoral Research Positions in Machine Culture
Max Planck Institute for Human Development

The Machine Culture theme at the Center for Humans and Machines (Director: Prof. Dr.
Iyad Rahwan), Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is seeking applications for
Postdoctoral Research Positions
(E 13 TVöD; 39 hours/week)

Funding for the postdoctoral positions is available for two years, with possibility of
extension for a third year. The positions are available from now on.

Job description

The "Machine Culture" project (Principal Investigator: Dr. Manuel Cebrian) seeks to
quantify how the public perception and discussion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) spreads
across networked media. AI interfaces more and more with society and it is discussed
widely in all types of fora, predominantly networked media at tremendous speed and
geographical reach, generating immense attention across all areas of society. This
research project will study the question of the perception and discussion at the frontier
of AI development (both technologically and scientifically), as it originates, spreads, and
coalesces in networked media, using tools mainly from network science and
computational social science. The goal of this project is to form models of how society
reacts to AI advances across time, space and culture.

This research will advance the fields of network science and computational social
sciences and using rigorous empirical and observational methodology, together with
strong analytic and computational techniques. We expect that the post-doctoral
researcher will work on quantitative and technical aspects of the project, providing their
expertise in using current and novel approaches to network modeling, information
theoretic measures, complex systems modeling, and statistical inference. Extensive
experience in collection, filtering, and analysis of mass media as well as social media data
is required.

The successful candidate will have no formal teaching requirements. The project is part
of the Center for Humans and Machines (Director: Iyad Rahwan) at the Max Planck
Institute for Human Development (MPIB) in Berlin.


We are searching a postdoc with a strong interest and established expertise in network
science, computational social science, information theory, complex systems,
evolutionary modeling, computer science and machine learning. The successful applicant
is expected to hold a doctoral degree in computer science, physics, applied
mathematics, epidemiology, or a related quantitative field.


The successful applicant needs to possess:

Demonstrated prior work in large-scale observational studies of networks and social
Demonstrated Experience in writing scientific papers in network science and
computational social science.
Extensive experience in collection, filtering, and analysis of mass media as well as
social media data is required.
Deep knowledge in working with Social Media APIs as well as state-of-the-art data
privacy and data anonymization techniques.
Knowledge of state-of-the-art literature in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Demonstrated understanding of causal inference methodologies.
Outstanding experience in data science, as demonstrated by a track record of
publications in top scientific journals.
Excellent programming skills in Python, as well as proficiency with libraries for data
manipulation and analysis.
High proficiency in English.


Proficiency also in one (or more) of the following skills will be advantageous to the
successful applicant:

Expertise in building software tools to track mass and social media.
Expertise in modelling the propagation of hashtags, cultural memes and related
informational units, and estimation of its real-world impact on the reached audience.
Expertise in information theory and algorithmic information Theory.
Expertise in evolutionary modeling and cultural evolution.
Expertise in phylogenetic models and tree-like datasets.
Expertise in advanced statistics and complex stochastic models.
Expertise in algorithmic game theory.
High ability to work independently


The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality.
We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck
Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals
with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages
applications from such qualified individuals.

To apply, please send (as ONE FILE and via email, with the
sentence "Postdoc application in Machine Culture" in the
subject line) a statement of research interests, a CV, a copy of
relevant certificates, (p)reprints of three publications lead by
the applicant, and a list of four references to Prof. Dr. Iyad
Rahwan, MPI for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195
Berlin ( We are kindly asking
you to submit your application without a photo. Applications
will be evaluated on a first-come-firstserve basis, and will
continue to be received until the positions are filled.

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