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    Computer Science Jobs – Postdoctoral position in the interdisciplinary project “Privacy Lost: How regional differences in power and politics have shaped worldwide digital surveillance” shared with the Department of Communication (COMM) at the Faculty of Humanities, The Department of Computer Science, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Postdoc in Computer Science and Communication

    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 15, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +2)


    Postdoctoral position

    No. of Position(s)


    Research area

    • Computer Science
    • Communication


    DKK 437.435 / Annum


    Department of Computer Science
    Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

    Contract period

    2 Years


    Professor Jakob Grue Simonsen
    Phone: +45 35 32 14 39


    Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in related fields

    Responsibilities/Job Description

    The role of the postdoc in the project will be to define, design and conduct experiments harvesting and analyzing tracker information across multiple geographical and cultural regions, and across several languages. Typical experiments will involve setting up substantial automated means of data gathering, applying machine learning techniques in a cross-lingual and cross-domain setting, and creating or applying models for comparative analysis from statistics and network science. All work will be done in an interdisciplinary environment, and in close collaboration with a PhD student in Computer Science.

    The project will offer the successful applicant an opportunity to participate in pioneering work on the development of surveillance capitalism, and to combine theories and methods from computer science and media studies.

    The postdoc will be jointly supervised by Professors Jakob Grue Simonsen (DIKU) and Rasmus Helles (KOMM), and will be joined by another postdoc scholar and a PhD student working on the project. The postdoc is expected to partake in, and co-author, publications in traditional venues in computer science (e.g., WWW), respectively in media research (e.g., Media, Culture and Society), and highly regarded interdisciplinary venues (e.g., PNAS).

    How to Apply?

    The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW above

    Documents required

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
    • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
    • Complete publication list
    • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

    The Privacy Lost project

    The Privacy Lost project uses web tracking (based on cookies and scripts embedded in websites) as a key exemplar of digital surveillance. By mapping the historical diffusion of web tracking through web archives, the project aims to make core elements and dynamics of digital surveillance visible. The ultimate aim of the project is to understand how the dynamics of tracking have been shaped by variations in economic, social and cultural factors across the globe, and how this in turn sheds light on the development of surveillance capitalism.

    The engineers of early web tracking companies were quick to realize how tracking could combine with machine learning and be monetized. The project will use similar tools to understand web tracking in a way that is at once fine-grained and large-scale. As part of the project, the historical top-thousands of web pages from multiple geographic and cultural regions will be harvested and classified automatically by genre and tracker types using standard methods from applied machine learning; the results will be further analyzed using methods from network science, information retrieval, and natural language processing, combined with state-of-the-art methods from media studies.


    • Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
    • The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.435 including an annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.801). Negotiation for a salary supplement is possible.

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