With this call, the Volkswagen Foundation offers financial support for cooperative research projects, both for international workshops and summer schools as well as for cooperative research projects between international postdoctoral researchers.
International Research in Computational Social Sciences
We will accept applications for the 2016 Cohort beginning August 10 and ending November 1, 2015.
The Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute is unique among postdoctoral appointments. It offers select scholars the opportunity to join a collaborative research community where they grapple with some of the most compelling questions of our time. The Institute rejects compartmentalized thought common in academia. Instead, SFI scientists transcend boundaries between fields, freely synthesizing ideas spanning many disciplines – from math, physics, and biology to the social sciences and the humanities – in pursuit of creative insights that advance our scientific frontiers. Omidyar Fellows spend up to three years in residence at SFI, where they contribute to SFI’s research in the sciences of complexity and become the “new leadership for new science.” As thought leaders who shape the future of science, Omidyar Fellows also participate in a provocative training program structured to develop leadership skills throughout their three-year residencies and beyond.
The Computational Social Science (COSS) group at ETH Zurich lead by Prof. Dirk Helbing has an interdisciplinary focus, bringing together social scientists, physicists, and computer scientists using quantitative approaches to answer fundamental scientific questions regarding socially interactive systems. In particular, the team uses a combination of modeling, simulation, data mining, Web content analysis, and behavioral experiments to address fundamental questions concerning the way our society works or may work in future. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow in machine learning, artificial and collective intelligence with a background in machine learning, deep learning, Artificial Intelligence, collective intelligence, and/or related areas, who is interested in contributing to the Momentum project (http://www.coss.ethz.ch/research/momentum.html) and/or the Nervousnet project (http://nervousnet.ethz.ch).
The Global Brain can be defined as the self-organizing network formed by all people on this planet together with the information and communication technologies that connect and support them. As the Internet becomes faster, smarter, and more encompassing, it increasingly links its users into a single information processing system, which functions like a nervous system for the planet Earth. The intelligence of this system is collective and distributed: it is not localized in any particular individual, organization or computer system. It rather emerges from the interactions between all its components—a property characteristic of a complex adaptive system. Such a distributed intelligence may be able to tackle current and emerging global problems that have eluded more traditional approaches. Yet, at the same time it will create technological and social challenges that are still difficult to imagine, transforming our society in all aspects. For this special issue we invite interdisciplinary contributions integrating different levels, applications and domains, which estimate the large-scale impact of the emergence of the Global Brain and provide a long-term vision of the future. Both original research papers and more speculative futuristic scenarios are invited. The special issue will cover a wide variety of topics including: futuristic sociotechnological and socio-economic trends and paradigms, applications of collective intelligence for tackling global challenges, information systems and technologies with global impact, and relationship between the Global Brain and the individual.
Call for papers: The Global Brain: A Model of the Future Information Society
Ecological networks are the description of interacting populations of different biological species sharing the same geographical area and time. These networks are characterized by temporal changes and constitute the skeleton of biodiversity and natural resources. Are you interested in understanding how ecological networks respond to environmental changes? Are you interested in engineering quantitative tools to assess how ecological networks are changing and will change? How can we design sustainable strategies to increase the likelihood of persistence of ecological networks subject to biotic and abiotic variations? Our work is quantitatively and computationally inclined sustained by field ecological data
Are you fascinated by interdisciplinary work? — Are you into data analysis and model building? If yes, you might be interested in this position. In the last decades Econophysics emerged as a new, interdisciplinary field. Our group has longstanding expertise. We develop models for various issues in the economy, particularly in the financial markets. We apply the same standards as in traditional physics and base our models as much as possible on the empirical information.
Funding is available for a PhD project focussed on both fundamental and applied research in the field of complex systems. The research will involve theoretical work as well as computer simulations and data analysis. It will aim to describe fundamental decompositions of information dynamics in complex systems in terms of redundancies and synergies between the component operations of information storage, transfer and modification. The approaches identified will be applied to reveal information processing “hot-spots” in various biological and bio-inspired information processing systems, including in neural processing and in nonlinear critical phenomena.
The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Mikhail Prokopenko and Dr. Joseph Lizier. The applicant will join the Complex Systems Research Group (CSRG) at The School of Civil Engineering – The University of Sydney. The CSRG group comprises ten academics, and has wide collaborations across the University, Australia, and internationally. It is a vibrant, world-leading group in the fields of guided self-organisation and critical phenomena forecasting.
The Complex Systems Society (CSS) promotes the Senior Scientific Award to recognize the scientific career of CSS members. It will be awarded to a scientist member of the CSS who has achieved outstanding results in complexity science in any of the areas representative of the CSS.
Announcement - PhD Course at ISSS2015 in co-operation with WINS at Humboldt University Systems Thinking and Practice in PhD Research: Cybersystemic Possibilities for Governing the Anthropocene 30 July – 7 August 2015, Germany A joint programme designed by ISSS and the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems - WINS • Two days of participation in a Systemic Inquiry in Hannover (Herrenhausen) on “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities? • Two days of dedicated ‘workshops’ introducing different systems approaches, methods and research traditions at Humboldt University in Berlin • Five days of participation in the 2015 ISSS Conference in Berlin, including a group generated presentation on the final day • 5 ECTS - points
Josh Bongard, director of the Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory (MECL) at the University of Vermont, is looking to hire a two-year postdoctoral associate for evolutionary computation project. The project involves applying Genetic Programming to very large scale climate data sets available through NASA's Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) program.
The College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University, in the group of Professor Dashun Wang is looking for an exceptional candidate to fill the position of Postdoctoral Fellow. The group currently focuses on a number of fundamental projects at the boundary of network science and computational social science, including social networks, science of science, human dynamics, as well as fundamental questions in complex systems. The successful applicants are expected to have a strong background in one or more of the aforementioned areas. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, along with a stated interest in data and network sciences, are essential. Hands-on experience with large-scale datasets as well as complex systems modeling and analysis is a strong plus.
The Instituto de Investigaciones en Matemáticas Aplicadas y en Sistemas (IIMAS) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) has an open call for a research professor position in bioinformatics. This position, aimed consists of renewable one-year contracts with the possibility of tenure after three years.
The New England Complex Systems Institute has funding for postdoctoral and predoctoral research appointments. We look for outstanding applicants with training in physics, mathematics or computer science. Strong writing ability is a plus. Positions are also available for social scientists with strong writing and/or quantitative skills. Candidates should be interested in contributing to a wide range of NECSI's research areas, including analysis and modeling of: • Socio-economic systems • Psycho-social systems • Health and disease • Fundamental mathematical advances including multiscale representations To apply please visit: http://www.necsi.edu/education/postdoc/app.php
Quirkies is an iPhone game to teach kids about evolution. Quirkies evolve through natural selection, reproduction, recombination and mutation of genes. By selecting mates who get to reproduce, players simulate the environment in which the fittest quirkies survive. Selected traits will become common throughout the population (which is shared across all players) and fitness will improve. Quirkies might also be rejected by mates, experience harmful mutations, and risk extinction.
The Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (www.gess.ethz.ch) at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-mentioned professorship. We are looking for an internationally established expert with an excellent publication track record and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. He or she must have a deep knowledge of social research with quantitative methods and advanced multivariate statistical techniques. Experience with survey methodology or quantitative social science research methods, including experimental methods and/or big data analytics would be highly desirable. Research should also address future societal change, for example, due to increased network interdependencies, complex interactions, globalisation or urbanisation. The opportunities and risks implied by the digital revolution, including areas such as big data, artificial intelligence, and automation are of particular interest.
The successful candidate is expected to deliver courses in advanced statistics for social scientists as well as compulsory elective courses for the critical thinking initiative and the Institute of Science, Technology, and Policy (www.istp.ethz.ch). The new professor will be expected to teach undergraduate level courses (in German or English) and graduate level courses (in English).
A new offering from SFI’s online education resource,Complexity Explorer, gives complexity enthusiasts quantitative tools for distinguishing the "complex" aspects of a system from the merely "complicated."
The ELSI Origins Network (EON) announces the availability of ten post-doctoral research fellowships for research related to the Origins of Life to be funded between 2015-2018. Successful candidates will split their time between ELSI in Tokyo and another institute of the candidate’s choice, anywhere in the world. The fellowship will pay a salary for two years, which covers the time spent in both institutions, as well as a generous research budget. The positions will start on or before 1st April 2016. EON is an interdisciplinary international network which seeks to foster dialogue and collaboration within the Origins of Life community to articulate and answer fundamental questions about the nature and the reasons for the existence of life on Earth. Its goal is to bring together leading-edge research in all areas of the physical, mathematical, computational, and life sciences that bears on the emergence of life. EON is a part of the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), which is chartered as a Japanese World Premier International Research Center, to study the origin of Earth-like planets and the origin of life as inter-related phenomena.
As a part of the consolidation of the National Laboratory of Complexity, the Center for Complexity Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico is seeking outstanding candidates for five one year postdoctoral positions beginning in August, 2015. Research plans from all areas related to complex systems are encouraged.
Please send CV and research plan to cgg [at] unam.mx before June 10th.
The School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow is now advertising several academic posts in our priority areas, including Transportation (http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/worldchangers/priorityareas/).
The academic post in transport is available (on a competitive basis) at two levels, i.e., Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor).
Transportation is a key component of the University’s research focus on Future Cities (http://www.gla.ac.uk/futurecities/), part of our Urban Transportation Research Group (http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/urbantransportationresearch/) and the one-of-a-kind recently established Urban Big Data Centre (http://www.ubdc.ac.uk/).
We are particularly keen to build expertise in Intelligent Mobility, using emerging technologies to enable the smarter, greener and more efficient movement of people and goods around the world.
We welcome applications from enthusiastic individuals with a strong academic path and research activities/interests (among others) in connected and automated/autonomous vehicles (driverless transportation), smart infrastructure (including V2V and V2I technologies), Intelligent Transport Systems, traffic flow theory and control, system of systems and distributed control of corridor networks and cities, pervasive sensing and data fusion for traffic monitoring, and logistics.
Successful candidates will be provide a comprehensive package of support to ensure that they can establish their academic activities quickly and effectively.
The Complex Systems Society (CSS) promotes the Junior Scientific Award to recognize the scientific career of CSS members. It will be awarded to a maximum of two young researchers (up to seven years after PhD completion) who have achieved outstanding results in complexity science in any of the areas representative of the CSS.
COSMOS is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN-2014-EJD 642563) aiming at an understanding of the general properties of collective dynamics and synchronization of complex systems composed of oscillatory elements. It includes both theoretical projects where such systems are studied with the methods of nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics, as well as applied ones related to the analysis of experimental multivariate time series, such as physiological and neural data.
The COSMOS network is highly interdisciplinary, and fellows will benefit from interactions with world-leading researchers in a broad range of disciplines. ESR positions are available at following universities: University of Potsdam, University of Aberdeen, Lancaster University, University of Florence, University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Information studies in Novo Mesto (Slovenia), and Medical University of Graz.
All fellows will be jointly supervised by two partner universities and will receive a PhD degree from each of them. Most of the fellows are expected to be hired in July 2015, but later starting dates can potentially be accepted.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie 36-months PhD fellowships offer an attractive remuneration package including salary, mobility, and family allowances, and are subject to eligibility and mobility conditions. For further information, an overview of the projects, and a detailed description of open positions visit
The PhD student will work within the larger LAB-M project "Live agent based models and the theory of adaptive multi-type and multilayer networks to study economic complexity and financial instability", funded by Ghent University and by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO-Vlaanderen). The LAB-M project aims to model interactions of real persons with real incentives in massive multiplayer online games (MMOG) with realistic economic environments to test a wide plethora of economic and political theories and develop new theories rooted in network theory and methodology. The LAB-M world provides natural experiments and collects multi-faceted data on the interaction of people in adaptive multilayer networks. We will develop a new methodological language for social physics, rooted in adaptive multi-type multilayer networks. The PhD students will be based at the Economics and Physics Department of Ghent University (Belgium), and will be part of a research team, coordinated by Prof. Jan Ryckebusch and Prof. Koen Schoors. The PhD student will also be guided by international external advisors.
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