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Want to work with us at the Oxford Internet Institute? I'm hiring a Digital Geographer!

I am hiring a Digital Geographer to work with me at the Oxford Internet Institute for two years on a full-time contract (we'll also consider part-time options for the right person). 

My existing research (much of it with wonderful collaborators) has uncovered highly uneven digital geographies: with some parts of the world far more like to produce, and be represented by, digital content than others.

Thanks to a Philip Leverhulme Award, I'm hiring a Researcher to continue some of this research: to ask what has changed, and to ask new questions about digital inequalities at not just the global, but also the local scale.

We plan to ask and answer questions such as: what are the contemporary geographies of the production and consumption of digital knowledge-based economic activities?; what are the geographies of digital representations (such as content in Wikipedia or Google)?; how likely is digital content to be locally or non-locally produced?; and do digital representations produce or reproduce social and economic inequalities and divisions in our urban environments. If we accept that our cities are made up of digital as well as physical raw materials – we need to better understand who owns, controls, shapes, can access, and can remake the digital layers of place.

We plan on answering the above questions using methods from computational social science and GIS: scraping, mapping, and statistically analysing a diverse range of datasets. The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate in Quantitative Geography, GIScience, Computer Science, Economics, Sociology or other relevant discipline (i.e. postdocs), but we also welcome applications from qualified individuals without a doctorate (e.g. candidates with industry experience). Programming skills, and experience with GIS are required. The successful candidate will ultimately work with me to produce a full-length monograph on the topic (amongst other types of outputs and publications).

To apply for this role and for further details, including a full job description, please follow this link.

We're hiring! Data Scientist to study the geography of the darknet

Grade 7: Salary £31,076 – £38,183 p.a.

We are looking for a full-time Researcher to work with Professor Mark Graham and Dr Joss Wright on a new project on ‘The Economic Geography of the Darknet’.

Relatively little is known about the geography of the global darknet trade. Although the strong anonymity on darknet markets prohibits any data collection about the geography of consumption of things like drugs and weapons, there is a large amount of data available about the sale of such goods and services.

This project seeks to employ techniques from computational social science and digital geography in order to achieve two primary objectives. First, we seek to use scrape relevant geographic information out datasets of darknet sales: building some re-usable data at the country level (e.g. ‘the number of heroin sellers based in every country’, ‘the total number of vendors selling weapons in every country’ etc.). Second, we seek to map, visualise, and analyse those data: using multiple variables (the various categories of products and services) to ask ‘what is the geography of illicit products and services?’ We hope to further ask ‘does the online trade of illicit goods and services have a significantly different geography from conventional mappings of that trade?’ In other words, can data from the darknet be used as a proxy for more traditional (and much harder to collect) data about illegal economic activities?

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate in computer science, GIS, economics, sociology or other relevant discipline (i.e. postdocs), but we also welcome applications from qualified individuals without a doctorate (e.g. candidates with industry experience). Programming skills, and experience with GIS are required.

Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available immediately for 12 months (as a part-time role) or 7 months (as a full-time role) in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

Please note: This role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored tier 2 visa under the points based immigration system, however applications are welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

Download the Job Description and Selection Criteria

Please note that you may only apply through the Oxford University’s recruitment website

Only applications received before 12.00 midday GMT on Monday 5th February can be considered.

Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 26th February 2017.

Hiring a Researcher at Oxford: Economic Geography | Digital Entrepreneurship | Sub-Saharan Africa

We are recruiting a full-time Researcher to work with us at the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) on a project that critically assesses the changing landscape of digital entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Researcher will conduct a grounded, comparative empirical study of digital entrepreneurship in African cities. We are interested in the practices of digital entrepreneurship, how opportunities in digital economies are created and exploited, which local actors are better or worse positioned to extract value, the emergence of clusters and ecosystems of digital entrepreneurship, and how African contexts affect these processes/how observed processes differ from the Global North. A secondary focus is on narratives and discourses around digital entrepreneurship in Africa, and how they shape on-the-ground realities.

The researcher will primarily focus on fieldwork in several African cities, as well as writing and analysis, using a range of methods (interviews, participant observation, thematic/narrative analysis, surveys). We are therefore seeking a researcher with experience in conducting qualitative social science and case studies. 

The successful candidate will work with Professor Mark Graham and Dr Nicolas Friederici. This work is part of a larger five-year ERC-funded project titled Geonet, aiming to understand the implications of changing connectivities for African knowledge economies.

We seek candidates with a background in Economic Geography, Entrepreneurship Studies, Development Studies, (Urban) Sociology, Social Anthropology, Communications, Organisation Studies, Management or related disciplines. The position is intended for someone at the postdoctoral level (Grade 7: £31,076 – £38,183), but we will consider hiring strong candidates at the pre-doctoral stage (Grade 6: £27,629 - £32,958 p.a.).

The post runs for at least one year, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

You can access the advert and a full job description here: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=126587

Please share with any potential candidates, and get in touch with Mark (mark.graham@oii.ox.ac.uk) or Nicolas (nicolas.friederici@oii.ox.ac.uk) with any questions. 

 

Work with me at the Oxford Internet Institute: we’re hiring a Data Scientist / Data Hacker

Data Scientist/Data Hacker

Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford

Grade 7: £31,076 – £38,183 p.a.

The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We seek a full-time Data Scientist to work with Professor Mark Graham on two projects: (1) the University of Oxford funded incubator on ‘big data and human development’, which seeks to understand how we can address key issues in development with computational approaches; (2) the European Research Council funded Geonet project which seeks to map and measure the geographies of the internet.

In this exciting role, the researcher will work with small teams from around the university on short development-related projects. They will be in charge of collecting data via APIs, web scraping, and collaborations with platform owners, apply standard statistical analyses as well as bespoke computational analyses to address questions of economic, social, and policy relevance, and produce eye-catching visualisations of the results. They will also contribute to the dissemination of the findings through academic publications, reports, presentations, and social media.

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a postgraduate degree in computer science, GIS, economics, quantitative geography or sociology or other relevant discipline. Good programming skills and an interest in economic development are required.

Based at the Oxford Internet Institute, this position is available immediately for 12 months, in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal thereafter, funding permitting.

To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description, please click on the link below.

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=126297

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 12 December 2016 can be considered. Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on week commencing 16 January 2017.

Cross-posted from Geonet: Investigating the Changing Connectivities and Potentials of Sub-Saharan Africa's Knowledge Economy