PhD or Postdoc position in Computational Social Science / Digital Democracy and Human-Centered AI

ETH Zurich

Switzerland

August 1, 2021

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  • PhD or Postdoc position in Computational Social Science / Digital Democracy

    and Human-Centered AI

    100%, Zurich, fixed-term

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

  • bringing modeling and computer simulation of social processes and transportation phenomena together with technology, experimental, and data-driven work,
  • combining the perspectives of different scientific disciplines (e.g. social science, computer science, complexity science and sociophysics),
  • bridging fundamental and applied work,
  • developing digital tools to support people and studying the resulting behavior.
  • Project background

    Information about the COSS team and its projects can be found on our website: https: // coss.ethz.ch/research/HumanEAINet.html and https: // coss.ethz.ch/research/SNFDD.html.

    Job description

    The candidate would contribute to ambitious international research projects that aim to create novel research breakthroughs in the subject areas below connected to digital societies:

  • Human-Centered AI: develop and demonstrate novel machine learning approaches that can benefit society
  • Digital Democracy: develop or extend and experiment with a simple demo platform for digitally assisted collective intelligence and/or participatory budgeting and/or co-creation and/or alternative voting schemes
  • Please visit our webpages for more information about our projects.

    For Postdocs the initial contract would usually last for 2 years and may be extended. For the PhD position, the employment period would typically be 3 to 4 years altogether, if the PhD Research Plan successfully passes the review and adequate progress is made.

    Your profile

    The candidate should have an excellent research background in computational social science, complexity science, computer science, data science, and/or socio-physics, with a strong international publication track record in one of the areas mentioned above. (Please provide links to your bachelor and master thesis, and any further publications you may have (if any).

    Excellent scientific and computational skills, English language skills, social skills, and international experience are required. We expect the candidate to appreciate collaborating in a diverse, interdisciplinary and multicultural team to jointly and systematically address grand scientific challenges.

    Please indicate, whether you are also skilled and willing to develop a software platform of reasonable complexity or a smartphone app, or able to develop parallel code for parallel processing on supercomputers, and what software environments you are using for this.

    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.

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    Interested?

    We look forward to receiving your online application until August 1, 2021 with the following documents:

  • Short motivational letter
  • CV
  • Publication list
  • Detailed exam documents (A-levels, bachelor, master or diploma, and PhD diploma if you apply for postdoc position).
  • 2 to 3 letters of recommendation (or contact details of referees)
  • Job interviews are expected to take place mainly during summer 2021. The possible contract would start in September 2021 or later.

    Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

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

    In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

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