Postdoctoral Fellowship In Agent-Based Modeling (Abm) Applied To The Urban Phenomenon

Universities and Institutes of France


October 30, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: Université de Bordeaux / University of Bordeaux
  • Research Field: History › Archaeology
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1) Established Researcher (R3)
  • Application Deadline: 30/10/2022 23:00 - Europe/London
  • Location: France › Talence
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/02/2023
  • The GPR ‘Human Past': our group and our research

    The GPR (Grand Programme de Recherche) ‘Human Past' is an interdisciplinary research project supported by the University of Bordeaux's Initiative d'Excellence. ‘Human Past' gathers ~110 researchers from 3 laboratories (PACEA, AUSONIUS, and Archéosciences Bordeaux) affiliated with the University of Bordeaux (UB) and the University of Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM). Our expertise combines Biological Anthropology, Classical and Medieval Archaeology, Prehistory, Protohistory, History, Epigraphy, Archaeometry, Geochronology and Computer Science Applications to Cultural Heritage.

    ‘Human Past' aims to document, characterize and understand the tipping points that have induced major biological and cultural changes within past human populations. Spanning a large chronological period (from Prehistory to historical times), our research aims to identify the steps that enabled a primate originally adapted to African ecosystems to evolve into a species that occupies and impacts every ecosystem on the planet. Biological and social systems will be scrutinized at different scales from a multitude of perspectives with particular attention paid to phenotypic and genetic variability, cognition, technology, social organization, belief systems, and genetic and cultural adaptive strategies that drive human societies.

    This position advertisement belongs to the first part of the funding scheme, planned for 4 years.

    Project description

    The post-doctoral fellow will play a key role in the GPR WP3-Action 6 entitled ‘How did the emergence of cities change human societies?'. The development of urban entities will be explored throughout Human History by addressing the following questions: What are the factors that lead a city to be created, grow, and decline? How do cities become connected by social and economic relationships creating hierarchical relationships between them?

    In collaboration with other team members, the chosen candidate will contribute to federate existing research in urban history and archeology. From selected case studies, the candidate will implement and develop a method of recording and cross-referencing data from different sources, e.g., city plans, communication networks like roads, rivers and seas, topography, transport technology, economic and political structures, resources availability, climate, ecological risk, linguistic diversity, and historical events in the life of cities. The successful candidate will map urban trajectories in order to identify the internal and external factors, as well as the tipping points, that drove their evolution by formatting existing and novel data pertaining to past cities and evaluating these data with scenarios built via Agent-Based Modeling techniques and GIS. The research also involve the creation of a dedicated website, which will be regularly updated to report progresses.

    The candidate is expected to organize a workshop at the end of the first year in order to present their method and preliminary results. The results of the research are expected to be published in leading international journals.

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    Adequacy of the postdoctoral project with the objectives of the GRP

    This postdoctoral research represents the core of Action 6 (‘How did the emergence of cities change human societies?') within the GPR Work Package 3 "How and why do novel cultural traits emerge, propagate and disappear?". We specifically aim to investigate how the emergence of cities marks a tipping point in the history of human societies, which entails a new structuring of the landscape, as well as new ways of conceiving living space, social relationships, and the exploitation of resources. The post-doctoral fellow will be the key player in Action 6 and help team members to format and model the selected case studies and relevant existing and new data that they will provide from various areas of the Mediterranean and Aquitania from the Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

    Selection process

    The candidate will submit their application, consisting of a letter of motivation (2 pages max.) and a CV (including list of publications, if applicable), to the supervisor mentioned in the job description, and to Romane Gracia (, Francesco d'Errico ( and Adeline Le Cabec (adeline.le-, before midnight, October 30, 2022.

    Additional comments

    Place of work : Ausonius (UBM), Bordeaux, France

    Contract duration: 24 months

    Offer Requirements Skills/Qualifications

    The candidate must

    - Hold a PhD in archaeology or history.

    - Be experienced in agent-based modeling (ABM).

    - Be experienced in databases and websites management.

    - Have knowledge in GIS techniques.

    Candidates should have demonstrated experience in the preparation, submission and publication of articles in English in peer reviewed international journals.

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Université de Bordeaux / University of Bordeaux
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https:// www.
  • E-Mail:
  • Country: France
  • City: Talence
  • Postal Code: 33405
  • Street: 351 cours de la Libération
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