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Research Officer (Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding)

London School of Economics and Political Science - European Institute

Location: London
Salary: £35,999 + pa inclusive of London allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th March 2019
Closes: 19th May 2019

LSE is committed to building a diverse, equitable and truly inclusive university

Salary is competitive and not less than £35,999 pa inclusive of London allowance

This is a fixed term appointment for 3 years

European Institute, a vibrant inter-disciplinary academic unit within the LSE, is seeking to appoint a Research Officer. The candidate will work with the Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded “Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups” in the fulfilment of project deliverables and work packages, carrying out independent and collaborative research, and facilitating its effective and efficient delivery.

This interdisciplinary project investigates how people interact with each other in response to the practice of post-conflict justice across national, ethnic, gender and age groups in different deliberative domains. The programme of mixed-method research will deliver fine-grained multi-language empirical analysis of patterns of discourse in four former Yugoslav countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Croatia) and advance the study of peacebuilding by generating a theory of justice interactions. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary team. They will benefit from training opportunities and participation in workshops and other events over the course of the research project.

The post holder will be expected to collate and analyse social media data and other publicly available text data, and collaborate on organising and running a multi-country survey and a survey experiment.

The successful candidate will have a completed (or be near completion of) a PhD in computational social science with the focus on text as data; alternatively, a PhD in computer science or a related discipline with the focus on natural language processing and interest in applications to social science problems; expertise and experience in the application of advanced analytics (statistical modelling, machine learning); and have excellent coding skills in R and/or Python.

The successful candidate will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage your own workload and work to tight timescales. An interest and/or research experience in the fields of transitional justice, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction would be an advantage, as would demonstrable evidence of innovation and creativity in research.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 19 May 2019 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications

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