Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Processing in Eusocial Insect Collective Decision-making at Arizona State University

The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science
(, the School of Life Sciences
(, and the School of Computing, Informatics,
and Decision Systems Engineering
( at Arizona State University
invite applications for a postdoctoral research position
investigating mechanisms of emergent computation in collectivedecision
making by eusocial insects. The anticipated research will
combine techniques from information theory as applied to complex
systems with experimental work on collective-decision making in
nest-site selection by laboratory colonies of Temnothorax crevicedwelling
ants. The project is a collaboration between the groups of
Sara Imari Walker (, Stephen C. Pratt
( and Theodore P. Pavlic
( The position is primarily theoretical,
but there is opportunity to conduct experimental work.
The expected start date is mid-2016 for an initial one year
appointment with renewal for up to two years. Applicants must
have a PhD in a related field by the time of appointment. Ideal
candidates will have a background in computational modeling of
complex systems, network theory, information theory, dynamical
systems and/or eusocial insects. Women and minorities are
encouraged to apply.
Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement
of research interests, and should arrange to have 3 letters of
recommendation to be sent to Jeanette Perez at [email protected]
The priority deadline for applications is March 15th, 2016,
however we will continue reviewing applications every week
thereafter, until the position is filled. Application materials should
be sent in PDF format. Further inquiries should be emailed directly
to Sara Imari Walker ([email protected]), Stephen Pratt
([email protected]), or Theodore Pavlic ([email protected]).
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