PhD position Interacting Spreading Processes on Interdependent Social Networks

Research / Academic


This position is part of the NWO-TOP project Interacting Spreading Processes on Interdependent Social Networks.

Online social networks each of which supports the spread/contagion of information, opinions and behaviours are interdependent, through their shared community of users. A user’s activity in one network may influence not only activities of her friends within that network but also her activities in other networks. This PhD project aims to discover and model the unknown mechanisms of the contagion of user activities on interdependent networks and provide foundational understanding of their emergent effect. This may allow us to explain and control the emergence of collective behaviours such as cascading failures, social riots and the popularisation of (mis)information, innovation and policy adoption.

Supervisors: Dr. Huijuan Wang and Prof. Alan Hanjalic.

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Back ground: network science, data science (recommender systems, machine learning, time series analysis) or complex systems     

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Work Hours:

38 - 40 hours per week


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