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Senior Research Associate position (Postdoc) @ University of Zurich

Employer: University of Zurich

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Period: 1-3 years

Start Date: 01.01.2016 or by arrangement

The program is one of the eight research excellence programs that the University of Zurich launched in 2013 in order to strengthen its leading position in international scientific research. It works closely together with the Chair for Marketing and Market Research that is part of the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology ( The URPP Social Networks strongly supports the academic career development of young researchers. As the University of Zurich as a whole, applications from female candidates are especially encouraged.

Develop, manage and publish research projects with focus on analysis, modelling of social interactions with a motivation in marketing and management: e.g. opinion formation and diffusion. Development of methodological tools, although not a primary focus, will be encouraged. There will be particular emphasis on these processes taking place in presence of rapidly changing patterns of interactions, usually termed temporal networks. The appointed candidate must collaborate in supervising students’ theses, teaching activities on network-related topics and support administrative tasks. We offer: A competitive salary, a well-equipped workspace at an excellent university, a stimulating environment.


The candidate should have a recent Ph.D. in physics of complex systems, economics or computer science, preferably related to modelling of social and/or economic interactions and network related topics. She/he should have experience in modelling, statistics, quantitative empirical data analysis, and preferably working with large-scale networks. Other requirements are:

(i) Good command of programming languages such as R, Python for data analysis and C++ or equivalent for computer simulations, database access and storage.
(ii) Very good command of English (oral and written) and excellent communication skills.

The priorities of our program are: Developing exciting new research and creating real world applications in cooperation with organisations. Candidates should therefore be able to demonstrate a track record of completing high quality and innovative research. Curiosity and discipline, self-reliance, integrity, and creativity are desired attributes.

Application Deadline: 20.10.2015

Contact: Claudio Tessone (Prof. Dr),

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