PhD Position in Modeling Social Dynamics for the Governance of the Commons
University of Amsterdam Informatics Institute

PhD Position on Modeling Social Dynamics for the Governance of the Commons

Publication date 7 May 2021

Closing date 1 July 2021

Level of education Master's degree

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €2,395 to €3,061 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-337

Many natural resources are changing at unprecedented pace due to anthropogenic action. To avoid large-scale catastrophe, engineered resources are required to change at even higher pace. However, in that transformational process, both natural and engineered resources need to provide to the diverse needs of the populations that rely on them. This often leads to a conflict between individuals’ short- and long-term and individual and collective interests. The dilemma of transformational change needs solutions.

Are you exceptionally interested in exploring through analytical, computational, and experimental tools how humans interact among themselves and their environment? Do you like interdisciplinary research projects that combine network science, economics and other social sciences, and resource dynamics? Do you like to work in an international a team of researchers? We are seeking a PhD candidate who is interested in interdisciplinary research into the fundamental challenges of the collective management of the commons. We are particularly interested in the application of game theory, focused on decision making, to the theory of complex systems, which is the dominant characteristic of the resources that constitute the commons.

What are you going to do

You are expected to:

  • be active in the fundamental and/or applied research of the Computational Science Lab and the Institute for Advanced Study;
  • publish in high level international journals;
  • present at leading conferences;
  • help teaching complex systems courses, and supervise MSc & BSc students.

What do we require

  • A MSc degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, or related field.
  • A strong scientific expertise and interest in game theory and dynamical systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in modelling and simulation.
  • English fluency, both written and spoken.
  • The ability and willingness to learn new skills from different fields.
  • Passion for fundamental research for addressing the challenges of society.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended to a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students. 

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,395 in the first year to €3,061 in the last year exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3 % end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The mission of the Informatics Institute is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Computational Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Vítor V. Vasconcelos,  Assistant Professor

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Informatics Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 July 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications;
  • names and contact addresses of two academic references.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews on 15 July 2021 and 16 July 2021.

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