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Alberto Aleta <[log in para visualizar]>
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De: Luis Enrique Correa da Rocha <[log in para visualizar]>
Date: jue., 14 nov. 2019 a las 15:27
Subject: [BENet] PhD position – Ghent University
To: [log in para visualizar] <[log in para visualizar]>

Dear Belgian colleagues,

Please, see the announcement below.

regards, Luis

Prof Luis E C Rocha, PgC, MSc, PhD
Econophysics and Social Physics
Department of Economics
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Office: Hoveniersberg, 1st floor, room 021
Email: [log in para visualizar] | Web:
Phone: +32(0)92648975

PhD position – Ghent University, Belgium

The Complex Systems Institute at Ghent University, Belgium, invites
applications for a fully-funded 4-year PhD studentship for research into
social physics, complex systems, and innovation. The student will design
computational models (e.g. agent-based) and develop/apply data analytic
techniques to study the emergence and spread of innovation, ideas, and
opinions in society. Particular focus will be on researching the role of
social network structure and professional collaborations on innovation.

This is an interdisciplinary project where the successful applicant will
be supervised by Prof Luis Rocha ( and
co-supervised by Prof Koen Schoors (Dept Economics) and Prof Jan
Ryckebusch (Dept Physics). International partners are also involved in
the project. The successful applicant will be officially enrolled in the
Dept of Economics of Ghent University and, in some cases, may be also
enrolled in the Dept of Physics.

Duties include research and light administration related to the
position. We offer an intellectually challenging environment,
high-quality training to develop hard and soft skills, opportunities to
participate in international scientific conferences and to interact with
international researchers, and a competitive salary plus other student

Ghent University is among the top global universities according to
several international rankings. Furthermore, Ghent is a charming
medieval Flemish town, filled with canals, full of energy, history,
culture, and wonderful gastronomy.

Expected starting date is March/April 2020.

Belgian and international candidates are welcomed.

Strong candidates (also post-doctoral) interested in related research in
complex systems and network science are encouraged to contact Prof Rocha
to discuss other opportunities of hosting and funding.


- Completed (or about to complete) MSc/MA in relevant disciplines, e.g.
Physics, Applied Math, Economics, Engineering, Computer Sciences. Strong
candidates with other quantitative backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

- Commitment, Independence, Critical and Out-of-the-box Thinking,
Motivation towards Research.

- Excellent programming skills in one of the following languages: C/C++,
Python, Java, or R. Willingness to learn Python.

- Fluent spoken and written English.

- No previous experience in complex systems, network and data science,
or (micro-)economics are requested but will be an advantage.


Send a motivation letter (no more than 1-page) and CV (no more than
3-pages) to Prof Luis Rocha ([log in para visualizar]).

Short-listed applicants will be informed in mid-January/2020 and names
of referees will be requested. Applications will remain open until the
position is filled.

For further information on doctoral education at Ghent University, see:
- Ghent Doctoral Research:
- PhD Dept Economics: