28/01/2022
European Research Council

2022DILEUA10 PhD student position: Simulation of acquaintanceship networks and agent-based modeling of network influence on cohesive attitudes (1,0 fte)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Sociology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    28/02/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Cerdanyola del Valles - Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ERC-2020-AdG 101020038

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Job position

2022DILEUA10 PhD student position: Simulation of acquaintanceship networks and agent-based modeling of network influence on cohesive attitudes (1,0 fte)

The research project “A network science approach to social cohesion in European societies” (PATCHWORK), funded by the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Dr. Miranda Lubbers), announces the recruitment of a pre-doctoral researcher in agent-based modeling and simulation of societal networks and their effects at the newly founded Laboratory for Computational Analysis of Egonetworks, Social Cohesion and Exclusion (COALESCE Lab) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

The successful applicant will work on the simulation of scaled-down societal networks based on representative individual acquaintanceship network data in six countries, and model network influence on cohesive attitudes such as solidarity and social trust, calibrated with the project data. (S)he will work within the interdisciplinary project and carry out their graduate studies in the university’s PhD program in Social and Cultural Anthropology (doctoral programs in other disciplines can be considered if preferred), writing a doctoral thesis based on the data collected in the project. The successful applicant is offered the possibility to apply for a joint international doctorate (which allows PhD candidates to earn a doctoral degree from two universities in different countries for a single thesis; see for further details https://www.uab.cat/web/studies/phds/cotutelle-international-joint-supervision-1345680701522.html).

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended to another 3 years.

The successful candidate is expected to start in May 2022 (if another starting date is preferred, please state this date in the letter). The job location is in UAB - Bellaterra (Barcelona). The candidate will be expected to be work at the UAB office to collaborate with other members of the team.

The candidate will become a member of the COALESCE Lab, directed by Dr. Miranda Lubbers.

The Project

As European societies are becoming increasingly unequal, diverse, and polarized, concerns about their cohesion are growing. In this light, it is surprising that social cohesion research has almost entirely ignored one of its core dimensions: relationships. Broad acquaintanceship networks, which connect each individual to hundreds of others through both intimate and superficial relationships, have long been assumed to bind societies together and provide a sense of community and solidarity. Nonetheless, they have hardly been studied empirically due to the technical complexity of the comprehensive study of society-wide networks. This project will develop a ground-breaking, network-scientific approach to social cohesion. After designing a theoretical framework for the structural cohesion of societies, it develops a new methodology to study structural cohesion empirically, hybridizing two strands of network research in an unprecedented way. The methodology will be implemented in a large-scale, cross-national European survey administered to representative samples of the populations of five countries. The survey estimates are used to simulate society-wide networks, to explore resulting macro-level structures. These macro-level structures are then used to specify agent-based models to study in more depth how broad acquaintanceship networks influence subjective manifestations of cohesion. Furthermore, qualitative research will study the temporal and cognitive processes and perceptions that shape subjective manifestations of cohesion against the backdrop of the individual acquaintanceship networks. For the first time, we will know how cohesive broad acquaintanceship networks are across categorical fault lines of citizenship, social class, religion, and political orientation for five societies, how real-life inter- and intra-group relationships cluster to form network constellations that expose individuals in unique ways to other social groups, and how these constellations shape subjective manifestations of cohesion such as tolerance, trust, and acceptance of diversity.

Functions

The PhD student will work within the PATCHWORK research project, under the supervision of Dr. Miranda Lubbers and an external supervisor (to be appointed), on the simulation of societal networks based on the project’s novel, representative acquaintanceship network data from a cross-national survey, and agent-based modeling of the influence of networks on cohesive attitudes. (S)he will have the following responsibilities: − Conducting research: literature review, data preparation, design and implementation of simulation models and models of influence processes for ABMS, calibration of the models on the project data, statistical analysis of results, reporting of results.

− Presenting results at national and international scientific conferences;

− Writing 3-4 high-quality, international scientific publications (in collaboration with thesis advisors) that will together form an article-based PhD dissertation;

− A three-month academic visit to a foreign research institute related to the research (six months if an international joint doctorate is pursued) is foreseen;

− The PhD student will work in collaboration with Dr. Miranda Lubbers (PhD advisor) and an external advisor to be appointed, participate actively in the research group of the PATCHWORK project and in the COALESCE Lab, collaborate with the other project and lab members, including PhD students and postdocs to be appointed (especially the postdoc on ABMS). Furthermore (s)he will participate in regular group meetings.

− All team members contribute to intermediate and final reports and the academic part of the organization of meetings and conferences.

− The PhD student will participate in the doctoral program’s yearly, mandatory progress assessments.

The PhD student will not have teaching obligations, but can potentially participate in a limited amount of teaching if desired by the candidate.

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

The candidate is expected to have:

− An MSc degree (or equivalent) in (quantitative) sociology, social science statistics, computational social sciences, network science, or a closely related field. To meet the general requirements for entry in a doctoral program, the candidate must have completed a second-cycle degree (MA / MSc). If the degrees were obtained in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the candidate must have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS in university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master’s level. For degrees obtained outside of the EHEA and other equivalences, please consult: https://www.uab.cat/web/study/phds/admission/admission-new-doctoral-studies-regulated-by-rd-99/2011-1345666996343.html

− Excellent academic credentials

− Solid training in agent-based modeling and simulation

− Experience with software for agent-based modeling and simulation and for data preparation and analysis (e.g., Netlogo, R)

− Knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis

− Strong motivation to write a PhD thesis and to publish international articles

− Demonstrable interest in the topics associated with the project

− Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary, international environment

− Excellent academic writing skills

Edifici A · Campus de la UAB ·08193 Bellaterra upac.acces@uab.cat

(Cerdanyola del Vallès) · Barcelona · Spain Tel. +34 93 581 38 08

− Excellent command of English (spoken and written), the language in which the project is conducted. Fluency must be demonstrated in the submitted documents and, for the candidates selected for the third stage, in the interview. Optionally, copies of language certificates can be submitted along with the application. Knowledge of Catalan and Spanish is not required.

− Excellent teamwork skills

− Professional attitude and conduct that includes organizational sensitivity, integrity, pragmatism, and good communication skills

− Independent thinking and a hands-on mentality

Candidates can be of any nationality.

Benefits

− A salary of €23.500 gross annually, based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE). Please note that income tax in Spain is 19% for the first €6.000 of taxable income and 21% for the following €6,000 to €50,000 of taxable income.

− A position for four years (full time). 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 successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training program is part of the agreement, and the successful candidate will need to enroll in the Doctoral Program of Social and Cultural Anthropology (other doctoral programs can be discussed with the PI). The candidate can apply for a joint International doctorate, to obtain a title of two universities in two different countries simultaneously (see for further details, see for further details https://www.uab.cat/web/studies/phds/cotutelle-international-joint-supervision-1345680701522.html).

− Social security (i.e., health and pension benefits), good secondary conditions, e.g., parental leave and flexible hours for work-family reconciliation.

− Tuition fees for the doctoral program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona will be covered by the research group.

− Financial support for a three-month stay at a university abroad.

The Autonomous University of Barcelona is located on the Bellaterra Campus on the periphery of the city of Barcelona. Barcelona is a bustling metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, with a rich cultural life and a pleasant climate. Barcelona also hosts the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, to which researchers of the UAB have access.

Evaluation criteria:

50% excellence of academic record based on curriculum, motivation letter, and academic transcripts (BSc, MSc)

20% quality of the writing sample

30% interview and references Selection process

The selection will be carried out in three stages:

1. Evaluation of motivation letter, CV, and academic transcripts of Bachelor and Master studies (50)

2. Evaluation of writing sample (20)

3. Online interview and evaluation of references (30)

In the first stage, candidates will be assessed on the basis of their curriculum, motivation letter, and transcripts following the evaluation criteria, and the evaluation committee will make the first selection. For shortlisted candidates, the writing sample will be assessed (stage 2). Shortlisted candidates for stage 3 (55 points or higher on stages 1 and 2) will be invited to an individual online interview in English, further establishing the fit between the candidate and the position. Prior to the interview, reference persons may be contacted.

Only candidates who fulfill the admission requirements to start a PhD at the UAB at the time of application, with academic degrees in relevant disciplines, will be considered.

Our selection procedure follows the European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

More Information

Benefits

Benefits

− A salary of €23.500 gross annually, based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE). Please note that income tax in Spain is 19% for the first €6.000 of taxable income and 21% for the following €6,000 to €50,000 of taxable income.

− A position for four years (full time). 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 successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training program is part of the agreement, and the successful candidate will need to enroll in the Doctoral Program of Social and Cultural Anthropology (other doctoral programs can be discussed with the PI). The candidate can apply for a joint International doctorate, to obtain a title of two universities in two different countries simultaneously (see for further details, see for further details https://www.uab.cat/web/studies/phds/cotutelle-international-joint-supervision-1345680701522.html).

− Social security (i.e., health and pension benefits), good secondary conditions, e.g., parental leave and flexible hours for work-family reconciliation.

− Tuition fees for the doctoral program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona will be covered by the research group.

− Financial support for a three-month stay at a university abroad.

The Autonomous University of Barcelona is located on the Bellaterra Campus on the periphery of the city of Barcelona. Barcelona is a bustling metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, with a rich cultural life and a pleasant climate. Barcelona also hosts the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, to which researchers of the UAB have access.

Eligibility criteria

Evaluation criteria:

50% excellence of academic record based on curriculum, motivation letter, and academic transcripts (BSc, MSc)

20% quality of the writing sample

30% interview and references Selection process

Selection process

The selection will be carried out in three stages:

1. Evaluation of motivation letter, CV, and academic transcripts of Bachelor and Master studies (50)

2. Evaluation of writing sample (20)

3. Online interview and evaluation of references (30)

In the first stage, candidates will be assessed on the basis of their curriculum, motivation letter, and transcripts following the evaluation criteria, and the evaluation committee will make the first selection. For shortlisted candidates, the writing sample will be assessed (stage 2). Shortlisted candidates for stage 3 (55 points or higher on stages 1 and 2) will be invited to an individual online interview in English, further establishing the fit between the candidate and the position. Prior to the interview, reference persons may be contacted.

Only candidates who fulfill the admission requirements to start a PhD at the UAB at the time of application, with academic degrees in relevant disciplines, will be considered.

Our selection procedure follows the European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Additional comments

Reference Offer: 2022DILEUA10

Submit your application at: https://seleccio.uab.cat

You will find the bases of the call in the following link: https://tauler.seu.cat/pagDetall.do?idEdicte=342133&idens=11

Programme - H2020/ERC

Reference Number: ERC-2020-AdG 101020038

For inquiries, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Miranda J. Lubbers: Mirandajessica.lubbers@uab.cat

HOW TO APPLY

 

Candidates are invited to submit their application via the university’s recruitment system (see below) before the established deadline, including the following documents:

-A copy of your ID(e.g., passport)

-Motivationletter: a cover letter describing yourmotivationfor applying for the position and your research interests (1-2 pages, in English)

-Curriculum Vitae(in English)–including educational degrees, work experience, academic stays abroad, computer skills, and other relevant skills and experiences. The CV should also include the names and contact details of 2 to 3 references(candidates do NOT need to provide letters of referents). Note: references will only be contacted in Stage 3of the evaluation process.

-Copies of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and transcripts, confirming that the candidate meets the general entry requirements and further allowing assessment of the candidate’s fit with the position(you can combinemultiple degreesin one pdf, if needed).

-A writing sample(e.g., yourMaster thesis or a coursework paper)

-Optionally, youcan submitlinguistic competence certificates.

Please note that all documents must be submitted inpdf format.

Email:

For enquiries, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr.Miranda J. Lubbers:Mirandajessica.lubbers@uab.cat

Website:

Applications for the position should be sent via the university’s recruitment systembefore the application deadline:https://seleccio.uab.cat/convocatoriesupac/login/auth?lang=en.Applications by email will not be considered.

A guide for application on this recruitment system is available here:https://www.uab.cat/doc/Applications(click on “EN”in the upper right corner of the document to find the instructions in English). If you have any questionsabout the call, you can contact the principal investigator.

 

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Sociology: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

The candidate is expected to have:

− An MSc degree (or equivalent) in (quantitative) sociology, social science statistics, computational social sciences, network science, or a closely related field. To meet the general requirements for entry in a doctoral program, the candidate must have completed a second-cycle degree (MA / MSc). If the degrees were obtained in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the candidate must have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS in university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master’s level. For degrees obtained outside of the EHEA and other equivalences, please consult: https://www.uab.cat/web/study/phds/admission/admission-new-doctoral-studies-regulated-by-rd-99/2011-1345666996343.html

− Excellent academic credentials

− Solid training in agent-based modeling and simulation

− Experience with software for agent-based modeling and simulation and for data preparation and analysis (e.g., Netlogo, R)

− Knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis

− Strong motivation to write a PhD thesis and to publish international articles

− Demonstrable interest in the topics associated with the project

− Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary, international environment

− Excellent academic writing skills

Edifici A · Campus de la UAB ·08193 Bellaterra upac.acces@uab.cat

(Cerdanyola del Vallès) · Barcelona · Spain Tel. +34 93 581 38 08

− Excellent command of English (spoken and written), the language in which the project is conducted. Fluency must be demonstrated in the submitted documents and, for the candidates selected for the third stage, in the interview. Optionally, copies of language certificates can be submitted along with the application. Knowledge of Catalan and Spanish is not required.

− Excellent teamwork skills

− Professional attitude and conduct that includes organizational sensitivity, integrity, pragmatism, and good communication skills

− Independent thinking and a hands-on mentality

Candidates can be of any nationality.

Specific Requirements

 

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

The candidate is expected to have:

− An MSc degree (or equivalent) in (quantitative) sociology, social science statistics, computational social sciences, network science, or a closely related field. To meet the general requirements for entry in a doctoral program, the candidate must have completed a second-cycle degree (MA / MSc). If the degrees were obtained in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the candidate must have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS in university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master’s level. For degrees obtained outside of the EHEA and other equivalences, please consult: https://www.uab.cat/web/study/phds/admission/admission-new-doctoral-studies-regulated-by-rd-99/2011-1345666996343.html

− Excellent academic credentials

− Solid training in agent-based modeling and simulation

− Experience with software for agent-based modeling and simulation and for data preparation and analysis (e.g., Netlogo, R)

− Knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis

− Strong motivation to write a PhD thesis and to publish international articles

− Demonstrable interest in the topics associated with the project

− Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary, international environment

− Excellent academic writing skills

Edifici A · Campus de la UAB ·08193 Bellaterra upac.acces@uab.cat

(Cerdanyola del Vallès) · Barcelona · Spain Tel. +34 93 581 38 08

− Excellent command of English (spoken and written), the language in which the project is conducted. Fluency must be demonstrated in the submitted documents and, for the candidates selected for the third stage, in the interview. Optionally, copies of language certificates can be submitted along with the application. Knowledge of Catalan and Spanish is not required.

− Excellent teamwork skills

− Professional attitude and conduct that includes organizational sensitivity, integrity, pragmatism, and good communication skills

− Independent thinking and a hands-on mentality

Candidates can be of any nationality.

Work location(s)
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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Spain
Barcelona
Cerdanyola del Valles - Barcelona
08193
Campus Bellaterra

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