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JOB: 2 PhDs in Agent-based Modeling of Social Influence & Attitude Dynamics (Jacobs University Bremen)

Deadline: Not specified

2 PhD Positions in Data-driven Agent-based
Modeling of Social Influence and Attitude Dynamics
Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Jacobs University Bremen is a private, English-medium campus university, 
which is state-recognized by the State of Bremen. We are offering 
Bachelor, Master or PhD programs in three focus areas: Health, Mobility 
and Diversity. Our principles are first class research and teaching, 
international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. As an 
international university we attract highly talented and open-minded 
students from all over the world. Currently, approximately 1,400 
students from 110 nations live and study on our residential campus.

For an Open Area Research (ORA) Project funded by Deutsche 
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Jacobs University and partner 
organizations in France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom seek to 

2 PhD Positions in Data-driven Agent-based Modeling of Social Influence  
and Attitude Dynamics (m/f/diverse)

(65% working time, limited for 3 years)

Job ID 19-30

Research Topics:

Recently, many societies shifted towards more polarization and 
volatility in opinions, for example in attitudes about immigration or 
climate policy, but underlying reasons are poorly understood. A key 
obstacle is that opinion dynamics in society involve a complex 
micro-macro interaction between fundamental interpersonal processes of 
social influence, meso-level conditions like network structures, and 
macro-level outcomes, like polarization in opinion distributions. 
Agent-based simulation models (ABM) offer powerful tools to bridge 
theoretically micro-level processes and macro-level dynamics.

The PhD projects will be concerned with the development, analysis, and 
validation of agent-based based models of attitude dynamics. Large-scale 
international surveys will be used for an initial data exploration as 
well as for validation of models. An introduction to the research topic 
can be found in the publication 

Your qualifications:

University degree (Master or Diploma)
Experience in agent-based modeling and/or data analysis based on 
large-scale international social surveys
Excellent command of English, both in written and oral communication
Responsible, self-motivated, able to work independently, and in an 
interdisciplinary team

Candidates are expected to apply for enrolment as Affiliated Fellows in 
the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) at 
Jacobs University, starting Sep 1, 2019.

Further questions can be addressed to Jan Lorenz 

Your application:

Please send your application stating the Job ID and your availability as 
one pdf document via email to Ms. Patricia Herrmann, Human Resources, 

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue 
until the position is filled.

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