Postdoctoral Researcher Positions

The Computational Social Science Lab (CSSLab) at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in Computational Social Science. We welcome applications from CSS broadly, but preference will be given to applicants interested in the following areas:

    1. Analyzing the production and consumption of information through mainstream news and social media;
    2. Designing and deploying behavioral experiments in virtual labs;
    3. Mathematical and data-driven modeling of infectious disease spread;
    4. Network dynamics of formal and informal organizations;
    5. Integrating prediction and explanation in statistical models.

More details about the CSSLab and its ongoing projects can be found on our website.

The appointment will be for two years, where appointment for the second year is conditional on a satisfactory performance review after one year. The compensation package includes a competitive salary and benefits.

Postdoctoral researchers’ responsibilities include the initiation and development of multiple research projects and study protocols at the direction of the Principal Investigator, contributions to the construction of data pipelines, supervision of undergraduate and graduate research assistants. The post-doc will also be expected to coauthor articles based on these projects for publication.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. either in the social sciences, with a strong computational focus, or in computer science; and will have a demonstrated ability to conduct original research and to write research articles. Other desirable characteristics include experience in building or maintaining large-scale data infrastructure, working in teams, and managing student RAs.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following materials in a single email to

  • Cover letter, which details your research interests as well as experience with data management and statistical modeling in a research context. Please include your reasons for applying for this particular position and your ideal start date.
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Two papers, either published or unpublished, that are indicative of your research and writing ability. Please specify in your cover letter your contributions to both papers. If available, please include links to code repositories or replication files.
  • Contact information for at least two references who can attest to your research and technical abilities.

The position will remain available until filled. All applications received by November 1, 2021 are assured full consideration. For questions, please contact