Postdoc position: Data analysis on and modelling of Animal Societies ~

23 de agosto de 2011

Postdoc position: Data analysis on and modelling of Animal Societies

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At the Chair of Systems Design of ETH Zurich (Switzerland), we use methods from
complex systems theory to understand the structure and dynamics of social
systems, ranging from animal groups to human social networks.

One of our areas of interest is the interplay between the social and spatial
dimensions of collective behaviour in animal groups. By using locational and
behavioural data coming from long-term projects on the study on social mammals,
we are able to study the structure and dynamics of both the social network and
collective movement of animal groups. The species of social mammals we study
include meerkats as well as social bats and mice. We work in close collaboration
with research groups in evolutionary biology from different universities in
Europe to lead truly interdisciplinary research in the field.

We are looking for skilled, transdisciplinary, quantitative researchers, with a
will to extend the application of their theoretical knowledge beyond the usual
boundaries. They should be able to study large experimental datasets to identify
universal patterns and statistical regularities. The candidate will be asked to
work with biologists to frame these findings in a general, evolutionary context,
and to develop formal models of animal behaviour.

The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate in a lively team of
scientists with various backgrounds (from economics to computer science), and
maintain close collaboration with behavioural biologists. Depending on the
development of the project, opportunities to work in the field may be
considered. The position requires strong communication skills and fluent
English, written and spoken.

We offer excellent working conditions in a motivated team, a competitive salary
(according to the ETH Zurich salary scale), and innovative research in close
collaboration with leading institutions all over the world.
Applicants are asked to send their curriculum vitae, list of and links to their
publications, names of at least three references, and an overview of their
research interests (all in PDF files and in English) to Ms. Rahel Dulik, For specific inquiries, Prof. Frank Schweitzer
( should be contacted.

Nicolas Perony.
ETH Zurich, Nicolas Perony, Chair of Systems Design,
KPL F 32, Kreuzplatz 5, CH-8032 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel +41 44 632 81 98, Fax +41 44 632 18 80

Nicolas Perony

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