Position: POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW 

AR State Title:  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW 
Position Number:  PXXXXX
Department:  Information Science/EIT
Salary Range:  $30,000 – $48,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY

The Research Associate/postdoctoral fellow will develop socio-computational models to advance our understanding of cyber campaigns run on social media grounded in the dynamics of various social and communication processes such as group formation, activation, decentralized decision making, and collective action. Leveraging cyber forensics and deep web search-based methodologies, the postdoctoral fellow will help extract relevant open-source information in a guided snowball data collection manner.  He/she will work with the research team in developing predictive models of deviant socio-technical behaviors on a variety of social media platforms (particularly, video-based platforms), usable tools/software to identify key actors and key groups responsible for coordinating cyber campaigns and disseminating propaganda.  This is an on-campus position.

Position reports to:

Dr. Nitin Agarwal, (nxagarwal@ualr.edu)

Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor

Director, COSMOS Research Center, UA-Little Rock

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with social media analysis for the research projects, hypothesis generation and evaluation for understanding cyber behaviors, data collection, cleaning, preprocessing, analyzing findings from the data, writing research findings, and presenting the research at conferences, scientific venues, program reviews, and other venues;
  • Write software modules transitioning research to tool;
  • Assist with video-based online information environment analysis;
  • Help with training the stakeholders on research and tools;
  • Mentor and monitor graduate and undergraduate students working on the project – an experience that will help the person prepare for a successful academic career afterwards;
  • Assist in preparing reports and publications;
  • Assist in grant writing;
  • Coordinate meetings and lead discussion; 
  • Record minutes of the meetings; and 
  • Other tasks as asked.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Extensive knowledge of computational social science and social network analysis
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise with social media mining and cyber forensics
  • Research experience with examining cyber campaigns run on social media
  • Research experience with examining video-based social media
  • Experience with transitioning research into usable tools
  • Computer programming skills and data management skills 
  • Ability to interact with people of diverse ethnic background 
  • Communication skills, writing skills, and public speaking 
  • Effective organizational skills.

MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related discipline. The candidate should have extensive research experience in social media mining, computational modeling of social science theories, working with social network analysis tools, and examining cyber campaigns conducted on social media. A candidate with experience in computer programming and data management will be given preference.

Position: Researcher

AR State Title:  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Position Number:  PXXXXX
Department:  COSMOS/UA-Little Rock
Salary Range:  $18,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY

The Research Associate will develop socio-computational models to advance our understanding of cyber campaigns run on social media grounded in the dynamics of various social and communication processes such as group formation, activation, decentralized decision making, and collective action. He/she will work with the research team in developing predictive models of deviant socio-technical behaviors on a variety of social media platforms (particularly, video-based platforms), usable tools/software to identify key actors and key groups responsible for coordinating cyber campaigns and disseminating propaganda. This is an on-campus position.

Position reports to: 

Dr. Nitin Agarwal, (nxagarwal@ualr.edu)
Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor
Director, COSMOS Research Center, UA-Little Rock

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with social media analysis for the research projects, hypothesis generation and evaluation for understanding cyber behaviors, data collection, cleaning, preprocessing, analyzing findings from the data, writing research findings, and presenting the research at conferences, scientific venues, program reviews, and other venues
  • Assist in data collection, research production, and literature-related tasks
  • Assist in preparing reports and publications
  • Coordinate meetings and lead discussion
  • Other tasks as needed

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Experience with data analysis –Microsoft Suite will be considered but preference is given to candidates with programming experience
  • Extensive experience in reporting and technical writing
  • Experience in research, including previous publications, reviewing scholarly articles, etc.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Python
  • Knowledge of DB systems and SQL language
  • Ability to interact with people of diverse ethnic background 
  • Communication skills, writing skills, and public speaking 
  • Effective organizational skills

MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related discipline. The candidate should have extensive research experience in social media mining, computational modeling of social science theories, working with social network analysis tools, and examining cyber campaigns conducted on social media. A candidate with experience in computer programming and data management will be given preference.

Position: ML Researcher

AR State Title:  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Position Number:  PXXXXX
Department:  COSMOS/UA-Little Rock
Salary Range:  $18,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY

The Research Associate will develop socio-computational models to advance our understanding of cyber campaigns run on social media grounded in the dynamics of various social and communication processes such as group formation, activation, decentralized decision making, and collective action. He/she will work with the research team in developing predictive models of deviant socio-technical behaviors on a variety of social media platforms (particularly, video-based platforms), usable tools/software to identify key actors and key groups responsible for coordinating cyber campaigns and disseminating propaganda. This is an on-campus position.

Position reports to: 

Dr. Nitin Agarwal, (nxagarwal@ualr.edu)
Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor
Director, COSMOS Research Center, UA-Little Rock

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with social media analysis for the research projects, hypothesis generation and evaluation for understanding cyber behaviors, data collection, cleaning, preprocessing, analyzing findings from the data, writing research findings, and presenting the research at conferences, scientific venues, program reviews, and other venues
  • Contribute to and lead development for transitioning research to publicly available web tools.
  • Assist with video-based online information environment analysis
  • Conduct research applying machine learning methods to social media data
  • Assist in preparing reports and publications
  • Coordinate meetings and lead discussion
  • Other tasks as needed

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Extensive knowledge of R or Python, including data analysis and graphing libraries such as Pandas, Matplotlib, Plotly, as well as ML libraries such as SK-Learn, TensorFlow
  • Experience with machine learning techniques and models such as classifiers, transformers, clustering, etc.
  • Knowledge of DB systems and SQL language
  • Ability to interact with people of diverse ethnic background 
  • Communication skills, writing skills, and public speaking 
  • Effective organizational skills

APPRECIATED:

  • Knowledge of computational social science and social network analysis
  • Experience with graph theory and graphic libraries such as Gephi or NetworkX.
  • Experience crawling web data
  • Familiar with UNIX-based systems such as Linux

MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related discipline. The candidate should have extensive research experience in social media mining, computational modeling of social science theories, working with social network analysis tools, and examining cyber campaigns conducted on social media. A candidate with experience in computer programming and data management will be given preference.

Position: Developer

AR State Title:  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Position Number:  PXXXXX
Department:  COSMOS/UA-Little Rock
Salary Range:  $18,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY

The Research Associate will develop socio-computational models to advance our understanding of cyber campaigns run on social media grounded in the dynamics of various social and communication processes such as group formation, activation, decentralized decision making, and collective action. He/she will work with the research team in developing predictive models of deviant socio-technical behaviors on a variety of social media platforms (particularly, video-based platforms), usable tools/software to identify key actors and key groups responsible for coordinating cyber campaigns and disseminating propaganda. This is an on-campus position.

Position reports to: 

Dr. Nitin Agarwal, (nxagarwal@ualr.edu)
Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor
Director, COSMOS Research Center, UA-Little Rock

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with social media analysis for the research projects, hypothesis generation and evaluation for understanding cyber behaviors, data collection, cleaning, preprocessing, analyzing findings from the data, writing research findings, and presenting the research at conferences, scientific venues, program reviews, and other venues
  • Contribute to development for transitioning research to publicly available web tools.
  • Assist in preparing reports and publications
  • Coordinate meetings and lead discussion
  • Other tasks as needed

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Extensive knowledge of Java or Python, including data analysis and graphing libraries such as Pandas, Matplotlib, Plotly
  • Familiar with MVC architecture
  • Familiar with Javascript or related frameworks (Node, React, …)
  • Familiar with HTML DOM and CSS
  • Knowledge of DB systems and SQL language
  • Ability to interact with people of diverse ethnic background 
  • Communication skills, writing skills, and public speaking 
  • Effective organizational skills

APPRECIATED:

  • Knowledge of computational social science and social network analysis
  • Experience with machine learning techniques and models such as classifiers, transformers, clustering, etc.
  • Experience with graph theory and graphic libraries such as Gephi or NetworkX.
  • Familiar with UNIX-based systems such as Linux

MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related discipline. The candidate should have extensive research experience in social media mining, computational modeling of social science theories, working with social network analysis tools, and examining cyber campaigns conducted on social media. A candidate with experience in computer programming and data management will be given preference.

Position: UI/UX Designer

AR State Title:  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Position Number:  PXXXXX
Department:  COSMOS/UA-Little Rock
Salary Range:  $18,000
FLSA Status:  Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY

The Research Associate will help develop socio-computational models to advance our understanding of cyber campaigns run on social media grounded in the dynamics of various social and communication processes such as group formation, activation, decentralized decision making, and collective action. 

The Research Associate will contribute to the design and development of UI/UX for web apps, the maintenance of websites, and design of miscellaneous branding items such as social media, presentation slides, or event products such as posters, leaflets, business cards, etc. The Research Associate will support ongoing research by running basic analysis, collecting data, or performing non-technical research such as literature surveys or reports on technical solutions and best practices. This is an on-campus position.

Position reports to: 

Dr. Nitin Agarwal, (nxagarwal@ualr.edu)
Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor
Director, COSMOS Research Center, UA-Little Rock

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist with social media analysis for the research projects, hypothesis generation and evaluation for understanding cyber behaviors, data collection, cleaning, preprocessing, analyzing findings from the data, writing research findings, and presenting the research at conferences, scientific venues, program reviews, and other venues
  • Produce traditional or digital sketches of UI models based on business requirements.
  • Produce static web pages based on sketches & requirements.
  • Implement front-end behaviors for web pages
  • Produce visual and/or written content for website articles or social media posts.
  • Other tasks as needed.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Extensive knowledge of HTML/CSS
  • Good experience with VS Code
  • Knowledge of Google Chrome Developer Tools
  • Experience with code versioning like GitHub
  • Extensive knowledge of the Adobe CC Suite including but not limited to Adobe XD, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, & Lightroom, or Figma
  • Knowledge of JavaScript and ability to implement dynamic behaviors in web pages (ReactJS is a plus)
  • Proficiency with the Office Suite including but not limited to Microsoft Excel, Word, & PowerPoint
  • Experience with transmitting skills and knowledge
  • Ability to interact with people of diverse ethnic background
  • Communication skills, writing skills, and public speaking 
  • Effective organizational skills.

MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related discipline. The candidate should be very familiar with popular social media platforms, and keep abreast of latest tools and technologies. A candidate with experience in visual arts, designing, and computer programming will be given preference.