United States International University (USIU) – Research Assistant-Social Media Lab Africa.

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Social Media Consumption in Kenya

About SIMElab

SIMElab Africa (Social Media Lab Africa) is a Social Media Consumption and Analytics Research Lab housed at USIU-Africa’s Freida Brown Innovation Center. SIMElab Africa offers a research and development environment to USIU-Africa faculty and students, civil society and corporate businesses, and policymakers in Kenya and beyond. SIMELab is jointly funded by USA Embassy in Nairobi and USIU-Africa. SIMElab also engage masters’ and doctoral students in Communication, Information and Communication Technologies (Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology) programs and Interdisciplinary Research in Social Media Use and Social Media Network Analysis. SIMElab has successfully produced annual status report on social media consumption in Kenya for the last two years and has been conducting quarterly trainings on social media analytics to academics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector in Kenya.

The Internship

The project team now seeks to recruit 4 research assistants to work closely with the SIMElab Team. The research assistants will help in Big Data collection and analysis, literature reviews for publications, website content development and any other duties as may be assigned.


  • A Masters or Undergraduate degree in Communication, IT or any other relevant field of study

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • Strong inter-personal skills.

  • Strong interest in gaining research skills.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Having gone through USIU-Africa research training and/or having membership in the Research Club through the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Extension will be an added advantage. We also encourage those writing their thesis and dissertation on Social Media, Data Mining, Database Development, Digital Marketing to approach researchers at the center for assistance in positioning their papers. The output for the assignment will be weekly and monthly reports, support in developing journal papers, conference publications and support in development of research projects and scholarly articles.

How to apply

If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and want to work as a team member in a modern and progressive institution where you can make a difference, please apply. Interested applicants must provide a cover letter and a current CV, to the following address by Friday, September 18 2020 to: Please Indicate Research Assistant-Social Media Lab Africa on the subject Line of the email address

Director of Administration,

Email: jobs@usiu.ac.ke






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