The Chair of Social Networksat the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich, studies the formation and structure of social networks by combining research approaches from the social sciences and statistics. We employ modern data collection practices and develop statistical methods and scientific software with the aim of answering social science research questions and contributing to the social science literature. We invite applications for a
PhD position studying «social network through time»
The PhD projectwill investigate the dynamics of social networks. It may involve development and discussion of social theory, planning and conducting of network data collection, development and application of statistical methods and development of scientific software. The project's research design should be elaborated by the student in the first year of the PhD program together with the research group. Students will receive training in multiple sub-disciplines of social networks research. Potential domains of substantive research include, but are not limited to, fundamental principles of network evolution, social influence, change and origins of group performance, communication dynamics, the emergence of (inter-)group conflict and segregation. The research project may also focus on the development of statistical models and software solutions for social network dynamics and their application to relevant research questions in the social sciences.
We offer an inspiring research environment at one of the world's top universities, close collaboration in a small research team that is part of a leading international network of social networks researchers and advanced training in modern social networks research. The position is fully-funded for three years. Preferred starting date is early 2017.
Successful candidateswill have an excellent master's degree in sociology, political science, social psychology, statistics, or computer science (or a related field) and will be motivated to incorporate elements of different disciplines in their research project. The applicant must be fluent in English and willing to work in an English speaking environment.
For further information
please contact Christoph Stadtfeld by email email@example.com(no applications) and visit our website www.social-networks.ethz.ch.
Applicationswith a letter of motivation, a CV, a one-page description of research project ideas and how they relate to prior and ongoing work of the research group, course transcripts and contact details of three referees should be submitted online to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zürich.
Applications via email cannot be considered.