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Postdoc or PhD position in Computational Social Science in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, temporary

Research at the professorship of Computational Social Science (COSS) is focused on:

  1. Bringing modeling and computer simulation of social processes and phenomena together with related empirical, experimental, and data-driven work
  2. Combining the perspectives of different scientific disciplines (e.g. social science, computer science, complexity science and sociophysics)
  3. Bridging fundamental and applied work.

Further information about COSS can be found on our website .

Job description

The candidate will contribute to an ambitious research project that aims to create novel research breakthroughs for efficiency, resilience, and sustainability of participatory smart cities and societies, see . The candidate should perform innovative research at the forefront of at least one of the following areas (please specify):

  1. Large-Scale Multi-Agent Simulations of Cities and Logistics
  2. Agent-Based Modeling with Smart, Learning Agents
  3. Upgrading Smart Cities with Collective Intelligence
  4. Social Lab and Web Experiments
  5. Complexity Science (theoretical and applied)
  6. Data Science and Machine Learning
  7. Evolutionary Game Theory, Mathematical Ecology
Your profile

The candidate should have an excellent research background in computer science, data science, experimental social science, transportation science, and/or traffic or socio-physics, with a strong international publication track record in one of the areas mentioned above. Excellent mathematical and computational skills, English language skills, social skills, and international experience are required.

We also expect the candidate to appreciate collaborating in an interdisciplinary and multicultural team to jointly and systematically address grand scientific challenges.

ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

We look forward to receiving your online application in a single PDF file by May 31, 2020 with the following documents:

  • Short motivational letter
  • CV
  • Diploma documents (A-levels, bachelor, master or diploma, and PhD).
  • 2 to 3 letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to secretary-coss@ethz.ch by recommenders.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. The possible contract will start around October 1, 2020.

Further information about COSS can be found on our website . Questions about the position should be directed to our office managers, email: secretary-coss@ethz.ch (no application documents).

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