SOMA Lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate

The Department of Preventive Medicine is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to be part of the Social Media Analytics (SOMA) Lab at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. SOMA Lab comprises a multidisciplinary team of researchers conducting studies at the intersection of public health, communication, and technology. More information about SOMA Lab can be found at

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will assist with several studies funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program. In general, research projects at SOMA include: (1) identifying, quantifying, and describing promotional practices of companies across various industries and determining how such practices affect offline health-related behaviors; (2) examining user experiences with popular new tobacco products to understand their appeal, and the social and environmental characteristics surrounding their use; (3) identifying the extent of unsubstantiated health claims (or misinformation) pertaining to substances like nicotine, cannabis, and products like electronic cigarettes.

Overall, a successful candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in a social science setting, have excellent organizational skills, work well as a member of a research team, be able to work independently, and have good interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will be expected to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment under the mentorship of the SOMA Lab director.

Interested candidates should submit a letter outlining their research and career objectives (one page), CV with prior academic record, reprints of any relevant publications, and names of three references.