2 PhD positions

Two PhD Studentships at the CPM available

(as part of the SCID project )

Stipend: £13,290 per annum + applicable fees
1+3 years or 3 years deending on experience

Centre for Policy Modelling Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Applications are invited for 2 phd students to work on modelling projects associated with the EPSRC project: the Social Complexity of Immigration and Diversity (SCID). This project is in association with the University of Manchester’s Institute for Social Change
and its Department of Theoretical Physics . This is a high-profile and ambitious project that aims to develop a new approach to using simulations to gain understanding of important social issues.

The project will last for 5 years starting 1 September 2010.

The period of study will involve the development of detailed agent-based simulations reflecting as much of the evidence as possible about a case study from one of 3 areas (fof details see the project description):

* Diversity, homophily and social trust
* Socio-political integration
* Socio-economic inequality

The evidence will be provided by experts at the Institute for Social Change. The central challenge of the PhD will be to integrate as much of this evidence as possible within Agent-based Simulations. For more details see the project description at:

Applicants should preferably have a Masters-level degree in a relevant discipline, preferably with an element of computer science or computational social science. The candidate should thus have a reasonable level programming and/or simulation experience. An ability to learn to program simulations in Java/Repast is a must. Knowledge of sociology in one of the above areas is also an advantage. The candidate has to be an EU national.

The CPM is one of the few research centres in the world that focuses on social simulation. Since its inception in 1992 it has developed its unique blend of trans-disciplinary research, crossing the areas of :
artificial intelligence, complexity scicence, philosophy and computational social science (to get an idea of its scope browse its discussion papers ). It has built up a reputation and track-record over that time being involved in a number of EU and UK projects (Ocopomo , EMIL , Nania , NeWater , GIACS , CAVES , CCDEW , FIRMA , IMIS ). The CPM is a happy, informal, fairly chaotic but, we believe, very creative lab.
For more information about the work of the Centre see its website at http://cfpm.org

For informal discussions about the post, contact Bruce Edmonds on +44
(0) 161 3886 or email to [email protected] .

To apply, send a CV with a covering letter to Bruce Edmonds, Centre for Policy Modelling, MMUBS, Aytoun Building, Aytoun Street, M1 3GH, UK.

The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.comses.net/jobs/45/