IPL Seeks Postdocs for “Stop Hate Speech” Project

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The Immigration Policy Lab and Public Policy Group at ETH Zurich, and the Digital Democracy Lab at the University of Zurich, invite applications for two postdoctoral research positions.

Project background

The positions are part of the project “Stop Hate Speech,” led by alliance F and pursued jointly with the implementing partner sotomo. In this project, we seek to algorithmically detect hate speech across a variety of online venues (newspapers and social media) and to design and test effective strategies for counter speech.

Job description

The principal task of the postdocs will be to co-design, implement and conduct rigorous analyses using advanced methods of quantitative text analysis, machine learning, and causal inference. The postdoc will take a leading role in

  1. assessing the effectiveness of a comprehensive set of counter speech strategies with experimental methods or
  2. building a custom deep-learning pipeline for hate speech detection and moderation that leverages recent advances in transformer-based supervised learning methods.

The postdocs will be involved in all aspects of the research, but with a particular emphasis on data analysis and preparation of manuscripts for leading peer-reviewed journals. The appointment will be for 18-24 months beginning January 2021. The place of work is partly flexible. The competitive salary will be in line with ETH / UZH standards.

Your profile

You should fit one of these profiles:

Profile 1: She or he will have, at the time of appointment, completed a PhD in a social science program (political science, economics, sociology, communication) with a focus on behavioral research and/or experimental approaches. Experience with designing and running field experiments is an asset.

Profile 2: She or he will have, at the time of appointment, completed a PhD in computational social science or in a social science program (political science, economics, sociology, communication) with a strong data science component. Experience with machine/deep learning methods is an asset.

The ability to work effectively as part of a large and diverse team and proficiency in English are essential prerequisites. For profile 2, good working knowledge of German (both written and oral) is essential, for profile 1 desired.


For further information about the position please contact Selina Kurer at (Subject: PostDoc 2020). For more information please visit or

We look forward to receiving your online application, including a cover letter, CV, and graduate school transcripts, and a writing sample. Only applications submitted through our online application portal are accepted. At least two (confidential) letters of recommendation should be sent directly to (Subject: Letter of Recommendation). We will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2020 and continue until the positions are filled.

Apply here.