Jobs at NetSI

Postdoctoral Research Assistant(s) in Network Science

April 7, 2022
New College of the Humanities - Network Science Institute
London, UK

The role

The Network Science Institute at Northeastern University (NetSI) is launching a new site in London, UK.  As part of Northeastern University’s partnership with the New College of Humanities (NCH), NetSI is pleased to announce a multi-position hiring initiative to create a new network science research hub located at Devon House, London, at NCH. NetSI-London will leverage regional and national expertise and resources, while maintaining close ties to NetSI’s home institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Several candidates will be selected who share interests around a thematic area to facilitate collaboration. Research pairs or small teams are also encouraged to apply.  The goal is to identify a set of cohesive, synergistic teams of researchers to pioneer this initiative.  Broadly, we are seeking interdisciplinary scholars, using network science and computational modeling approaches to address population level challenges.

One of the focus areas will be in applied network economics, with a focus on digital markets with decentralized governance, including but not limited to research topics such as:  blockchain based ecosystems, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs), cyber threats in digital communities and/or collective dynamics of dark web markets.  Other focus areas will be on contagion processes, behavioral changes, cyber threats and team dynamics.

Qualifications

Must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in network science, complex systems, economics, physics, mathematics, computer science, data science, computational social science, biological sciences, sociology, communication or in related scientific disciplines.  Must demonstrate the ability to plan, execute, and publish research; and experience with proposal preparations for external research funding is preferred. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and documentation skills are essential, as are time-management and organisational skills.

Successful applicants will have a strong background in network science, social network analysis and/or computational social science with relevant conference presentations and publications.

Must have a basic understanding of the mathematical, statistical, and theoretical tools used to study complex networks including developing algorithms, and/or statistical and computational models. Experience with statistical inference, network modeling, machine learning to process and analyse datasets that represent complex dynamical systems is preferred.  Applicants are expected to have technical skills that enable them to work collaboratively, with the ability to use common scientific programming languages, such as Python, R, Julia, Matlab.

Northeastern University’s partnership between NCH and NetSI will establish new areas of growth, with emphasis on European-United States collaborations in applied network economics, and other applications of social contagion and collective behaviors in digital markets.  The partnership is committed to open science and reproducibility and seeks to support an international community of scholars who value learning from people across a wide range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, and who take pride in their scientific integrity.

Enquiries

Informal enquiries may be made to Kate Coronges, the Executive Director of the Network Science Institute (london@networkscienceinstitute.org).  To be considered for the position, applications must be made in accordance with the process specified.

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