Job Opening - PhD: University of Groningen, Netherlands

The Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen jointly with the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, at University of Groningen, The Netherlands, have one PhD position vacancy on: Complex Dynamical Networks: From Data to Connectivity Structure.

We are looking for candidates with an MSc degree in systems and control or applied mathematics, and with a strong background or interest in complex networks.

The main objective of the research is to develop methodologies and algorithms to identify the connectivity structure of a complex dynamical network on the basis of observation data. Dynamical networks are pervasive in today’s world, ranging from social and economic networks to biological networks and man-made infrastructures. The connection structure is very important in determining the overall network behavior. Therefore, satisfactory methods to identify the network connectivity structure, even at coarse-grained levels, are important in order to predict how a network might evolve and/or anticipate/counteract critical transitions. The research will focus on both theoretical models and real-world applications, in particular applications from energy systems. In addition, we will explore potential applications in the area of neuroscience.

The position is also affiliated with the Data Science and Systems Complexity Centre, at the University of Groningen. It concerns a research cluster of 58+ prominent researchers in a number of basic disciplines (mathematics, astronomy, computer science, artificial intelligence, systems & control) and scientific application domains (genomics, pharmacology, instrumentation), with the ambition of combining data and complexity sciences. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers.

A good command of the English language is required.

The appointment will be up to 4 years. As an employee of the university, the successful applicant will receive a competitive salary.

The successful applicant is expected to be available to commence his/her studies no later than 1 January 2017.

Interested candidates please send your inquiries together with your detailed CV and a 1-page letter of motivation or research statement to: p.tesi@rug.nl and m.k.camlibel@rug.nl (with f.g.fokkens@rug.nl in cc).

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