Research Asst Professor – Media Forensics Hub



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Job description

College of Business: John E. Walker Department of Economics
Research Asst Professor – Media Forensics Hub

Location: 320 Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall, Clemson, SC


The Media Forensics Hub at Clemson University (Clemson, SC) seeks applicants for a research faculty position to contribute to a variety of data-intensive projects analyzing disinformation, deception, and inauthenticity online. The initial appointment is for two years, during which time the candidate will provide valuable technical expertise, especially in the collection and analysis of large and diverse social-media datasets.

The selected candidate will contribute to ongoing efforts analyzing deception and inauthenticity online, but they will be expected to build their own research program as they mature in the position. As part of this ongoing work, a successful candidate will develop new modes of analysis for large datasets containing records from known inauthentic social-media accounts. They will apply existing NLP, ML, and statistics techniques to analyze social media data in new ways and develop descriptive and statistical models to robustly characterize the strategy and tactics employed by bad actors.

The goal of the position is to strengthen the already strong research program in disinformation and media forensics at Clemson University by increasing the ability to access and analyze reliable and comparable data across platforms. Someone who is a great fit for this position will grow to lead several ongoing projects in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students at Clemson and around the world.

Expected Start Date: The start-date for this position is flexible from immediately through the summer of 2023.


A PhD in any field is required for this position, as is demonstrated expertise in programming for statistical or data-scientific analyses. Experience building data pipelines, especially for social media, strongly preferred.

How to apply

Please submit the following documents to Interfolio (

(1) A Current Curriculum Vitae

(2) A Letter of Interest

(3) Contact information, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers, for three (3) professional references

(4) Examples of Written Work

(5) Evidence of programming expertise and experience (GitHub Repo, code sample, etc..)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

One of the country’s most selective public research universities, Clemson University serves a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body. Ranked as the 20th best national public university by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, we remain committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life. In fact, 91 percent of our seniors say they’d pick Clemson again if they had it to do over.