Postdoctoral Research Associate, Deliberative Media Lab

Starting August, 2020
The University of Virginia

The Democracy Initiative’s Deliberative Media Lab seeks postdoctoral research associates focused on a) social media, b) cybersecurity and c) the global south. The successful candidate(s) will work closely with Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan as well as faculty investigators and project staff in the Deliberative Media Lab. The candidate will contribute to our efforts to address one of the central problems facing democracy in the 21st century, as factionalism, amplified by social media, has made democratic governance difficult and has undermined democratic norms and trust in institutions.

Duties & Responsibilities: The successful candidate will contribute to research efforts, be responsible for teaching one undergraduate academic course per semester and assist the Lab with public programming. This position offers an exciting opportunity to immerse in implementation and dissemination of interdisciplinary and translational research on media and social networking. The candidate will start with primarily working closely with Dr. Vaidhyanathan on several projects related to the lab, assessing and analyzing the current state of media and prescribing technologies, practices and ethics that might foster and promote deliberation. The candidate will have the opportunity and flexibility to lead projects of interests derived from the individual interests related to the Deliberative Media Lab and Democracy Initiative missions. The candidate will be expected to work both independently and in a team setting, and be responsible for writing manuscripts describing their work, teaching and advising undergraduate students, and presenting at local, national and international conferences and seminars.

Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Media Studies, Politics, Psychology or related field within the past six (6) years; excellent written and oral communication skills; a strong work ethic. Desired qualifications include working knowledge of Latin American studies and/or social media impact, as well as an interest in working with a multidisciplinary team of faculty.

Notes: This position is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The initial appointment is for 1 year, however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional year contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. The position is available starting from August of 2020, but start date is negotiable.

This is a salaried position at $60,000 per year plus benefits.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with those arriving by February 7, 2020 receiving priority attention. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.


Please visit UVA job board Enter requisition number R0012884 and complete the application and attach the following required documents:

***Please note that all required documents MUST be uploaded in the “resume” box.***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***


1. C.V/Resume

2. Cover Letter

3. Statement of research plans (1,500 word max).

4. Contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address)

For questions about the position, please contact Jennifer Ludovici, at For questions about the application process, please contact Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor, at