Call for Applications – Postdoctoral Position Information and Communication Technologies Area

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Call for Applications

April 24-30, 2016

Postdoctoral Position

Information and Communication Technologies Area

National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management – CIGIDEN


The National Research Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management (CIGIDEN is a multidisciplinary research center funded by CONICYT with research teams located in Santiago, Valparaíso, and Antofagasta. CIGIDEN brings together researchers from various fields (e.g., Sociology, Urban Studies, Urban Planning, Geography, Psychology, Engineering, and Geosciences) and is supported by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (, the Universidad Católica del Norte (, the Universidad Santa María (, and the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello (

CIGIDEN aims is to integrate, develop, and transfer knowledge that will enable Chile to better confront natural disasters, by improving the actions during all phases of the disaster cycle: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. With this in mind, the objective of the Center is to substantially increase the capacity of the Chilean society to not only respond systematically and effectively to the occurrence of these events, but also to mitigate their impact while simultaneously building more resilient individuals and communities.

CIGIDEN is seeking a highly motivated and innovative information science and social computing researcher from the field of computer mediated communication. We would like to address how citizens behave through the use of social media platforms post-disaster through mixed methods. In particular our interest is in developing qualitative and quantitative models for characterizing flows of social media data, big data, and manually processed social network data. We intend to develop protocols to assess the activity in the natural disaster life cycle including initial sensing, volunteer response, mitigation efforts, and preparedness. Candidate should demonstrated ability to design crowdsourcing public instruments for searching and the development of research protocols to investigate social media activity and the use of emerging technology for the systematic management of natural disasters.

The Postdoctoral researcher will work on data collection and data processing to develop IT architecture models in conjunction with researchers across the center to fulfill the ICT line goals. Therefore, the ability to communicate results to researchers from other disciplinary lines is highly required, particularly in the social sciences. The selected researcher will also be required to generate scientific publications in high impact peer reviewed journals. The position would be guaranteed until the end of 2017 pending an internal evaluation at the end of 2016.


Required qualifications:

The candidate must hold a PhD in information science with a particular focus on computer-mediated communication and experience interfacing with the public and private sectors. Specialization in UX research methods is a plus.  Previous work experience shall be demonstrated through publications in international journals. Post-doc will be expected to collaborate, strengthen, and lead existent research projects.

The candidate should be fluent in written and spoken English.

Minimum expected achievements to allocate a 2nd year postdoctoral funding from CIGIDEN: At the end of the first year, postdoctoral fellows should have submitted at least three papers to a indexed international journals, one of which should be in an interdisciplinary publication, and a research proposal to the CONICYT Postdoctoral program or its equivalent.

Successful applicants will be appointed in the Universidad Católica de Chile CiGIDEN Office, and will reside in Santiago, Chile, where they will receive a gross stipend of 1.800.000 CLP per month, as well as travel expenses for those living overseas. Our Center will host the postdoctoral researcher starting in May 2016. Application deadline: April 30th, 2016.

Application and further inquiries: To apply, please send your letter of intent/motivation, a research proposal, an extended CV with a full digital archive of published ISI papers, and two letters of recommendation to Rodrigo Cienfuegos (, and Gonzalo Bacigalupe (