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Postdoctoral Scholar - Center for an Informed Public (CIP)

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School / Campus / College: Information School

Organization: Information School

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Center for an Informed Public (CIP)

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Position Description

The University of Washington Center for an Informed Public (CIP) invites applications for up to three CIP Postdoctoral Fellows who will be hired as Postdoctoral Scholars. 


The UW CIP is a multidisciplinary institute with a core mission aiming to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse. Located at the University of Washington, a world-class research university in the Pacific Northwest, this new Center will lead programs that span research, education, policy and outreach. 


CIP Fellows will join a growing team of faculty, students, community partners, and staff all actively involved in addressing the challenges of today’s complex and dynamic information environment. Postdoctoral Fellows will be supervised by one of the Center co-founders and/or faculty, and will work closely with the entire CIP community on research projects in service of the Center’s mission. These positions will begin as early as June 2023 and offer a two-year term; third-year renewal is possible but contingent on funding and performance. 


The UW CIP offers an exceptional opportunity to work closely with the Center’s co-founders and affiliate faculty, including sociologists, information scientists, computer scientists, and policy experts. Located in Seattle, the position also offers opportunities for engagement with scholars and industry leaders in the area. In addition to the pursuit of individual interests, Fellows will work collaboratively with affiliated faculty groups pursuing more narrowly specified projects. Fellows may pursue projects that utilize the CIP archive of large-scale social media data, as well as design and execute new data collection efforts that utilize existing research infrastructure. 


Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website


Salary and Benefits

The University of Washington offers a competitive benefits package. For information about employee benefits please visit 


Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are based on the individual's Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral titles at


The base salary for this Postdoctoral Scholar position will be $5,458 – $6,250 per month ($65,500 – $75,000 per 12-month academic year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


  • Applicants must have a PhD, JD, EdD, or foreign equivalent by date of appointment. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment, including demonstrated success in working with diverse populations

We will consider candidates who have accepted tenure-track positions at another institution but with the ability to defer their start date.



Please submit: 

  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position; and explicitly addressing past, present, and/or future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (e.g., contributions that center, address, or support under-represented groups such as women, minorities, people with disabilities, people of lower socio-economic status, among others); as well as names of two preferred CIP faculty members to serve as mentors during the appointment
  • Curriculum vitae, including names and contact information of three references 
  • Two published papers, or equivalent writing samples that demonstrate expertise and fit for the position
  • A brief research statement that outlines your research achievements and goals
  • A link to a professional webpage, Google scholar page (if applicable), and github profile (if applicable).

Applications will be accepted until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Up to three positions are available.  Interested candidates should contact Emma Spiro at

You can read more about the CIP at 


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Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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