Post doc opening

Applications are invited for a postdoc position at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

The successful applicant will join an NSF-supported study of stigmergic coordination, that is, coordination that is supported through a shared work product instead of or in addition to through explicit communications. The postdoc will carry out field research with open source software developers and others to understand the mechanisms underlying stigmergy in those settings, and contribute to the design and evaluation of a system to support stigmergic coordination in another setting. Responsibilities may also include working with and supervising undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.

Applicants should have or expect shortly to receive a PhD in computer-supported cooperative work, information science, information systems or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience with multi-method research, specifically including qualitative field research (e.g., interviews, observation, qualitative data analysis) and field experiments (e.g., evaluation of collaborative systems). Candidates should be knowledgable about computer-supported cooperative work in general and preferably about free/libre open source software development practices in particular. Programming ability is desirable but not necessary. An ideal candidate will have experience carrying out both independent and collaborative research, and of writing up research work for publication. The position requires good communication skills, including excellent spoken and written English.

In addition to work on the project, the success applicant be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for his or her own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required.

The initial position is for one year with the possibility of extension for a second year. The position is available from summer 2017.

Potential applicants are invited to contact Kevin Crowston () to discuss the position. Formal applications should be submitted online at:

Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university, with over 14,000 full-time undergraduate and over 4,000 full-time graduate students representing the 50 states and 124 foreign countries. Founded in 1870, it is home to 11 schools and colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Human Services and Health Professions, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts. Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic centre of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000 and offers many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, a symphony orchestra and professional regional theatre. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites and wineries along the Finger Lakes to biking trails along the Erie Canal. According to the latest edition of the Places Rated Almanac, Syracuse ranks in the top 10% of Best Places to Live; it is 28th on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best places to live in the United States (top in New York State).

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution.