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University of Pennsylvania
: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

World Well-Being Project
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The World Well-Being Project at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to begin in August 2014. Working with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, computer scientists, medical doctors, and other specialists, the fellow will play a central role in studying the the effects of a wide range of psychological processes on relevant outcomes through the analysis of social media information. The fellow will work collaboratively with the team to investigate large social media datasets (i.e. billions of tweets), providing insights that further our understanding of health, well-being, and the psychological states of large populations. The fellow will prepare manuscripts and give presentations in high impact psychology and multidisciplinary venues. The ideal candidate will have expertise in psychology (e.g., social, personality, and/or health psychology), sociology, epidemiology, or public health, and will have strong writing and quantitative skills.

Applicants should send a cover letter (2 pages max), CV (with references listed), and 2 reprints/preprints to with POSTDOC-PSYCH in the subject line. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2014. Approximate start date is August 1, 2014. The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer.

This work is with the World Well-Being Project (WWBP), a collaboration between computer scientists, psychologists, and statisticians pioneering techniques for measuring physical and psychological well-being based on language in social media. We are shedding new light on psychosocial processes and developing unobtrusive well-being measures to supplement (and in part replace) expensive survey methods. More about the project can be found at