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PhD position in Collective Decision Making in Social Networks (1.0 FTE)

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    University of Groningen
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    25/05/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Groningen


How do social networks affect group decision making? The way social networks constrain information flows is a key factor in how agents take decisions, which in turn impacts voting results. On the one hand, formal tools to capture information and social influence in multi-agent systems abound in recent logic and formal philosophy literature. On the other hand, thanks to decades of social choice theory research, properties of voting systems are very well understood.
However, only little is known about the interaction between networks and voting processes so far.

The goal of this PhD project is to fill this gap by providing foundational analytical results answering questions such as:

- to which extent do social networks affect collective decision processes?
- how are different voting systems (such as direct, representative or delegative democracy) performing when taking into account that the population of voters is structured into a network?
- are there ways to provably improve that performance?
In this project we will:
- investigate the foundations of collective decision making processes in networks of agents
- lay the theoretical groundwork for modelling and analysing how information, opinions, network structures and collective decisions interact
- develop principled methods for evaluating how much collective decision making procedures resist/succumb to specific network effects.

The objective of the temporary position is the production of a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, which together will form the basis of a thesis leading to a PhD degree (Dr) at the University of Groningen.

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We offer you, following the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary of € 2,395 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,061 gross per month in the fourth and final year for a full-time working week
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE). The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.

Selection process

Application should include:

• a brief letter of motivation
• your CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
• the transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree.

You can submit your application until 24 May 11:59pm / before 25 May 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications received before 24 May 2021 will be given full consideration; however, the position will remain open until it is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

The successful candidate should:

- have a keen interest in pursuing fundamental and interdisciplinary research at the interface of social choice theory, logic, formal and social epistemology, social network analysis, multi-agent systems, and collective artificial intelligence
- have a master’s degree or equivalent in logic, theoretical/mathematical philosophy, artificial intelligence, computer science, or another relevant field
- good analytical skills and a positive attitude towards interdisciplinary work.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Groningen
9712 CP
Broerstraat 5

EURAXESS offer ID: 630898
Posting organisation offer ID: 299797


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