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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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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We look forward to receiving your online application until August 1, 2021
with the following documents:
Short motivational letter
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
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:
email@example.com (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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