Post-doc Groningen Center Social Complexity Studies

Research / Academic

The research of the post-doc will be focusing at the modeling of human behaviour in selected cases of local social innovation (projects at neighborhood level). The HUMAT framework, developed in an earlier project (SMARTEES, see will be used as architecture for developing a simulated population for selected cases. Empirical data will have to be collected and implemented to construct a valid and representative population. Simulation runs will produce different scenarios of a project implementation, and reveal how different citizens may experience and respond to such implementations. These runs will serve as input for workshops where citizens will jointly discuss the implementation of a project.

Whereas this is a research position, occasional participation in education and extra-curricular activities at UCG is expected.


UCG is looking for candidates with the following credentials:

- a (nearly completed) PhD

- experience in using social computational methods, in particular agent-based modeling

- having an interest in social change towards sustainability

- programming skills (preferably Netlogo)

- experience in cross-disciplinary research

- preferably experience in working in interdisciplinary (research) teams

- team player and good communicator

- excellent command of the English language and excellent writing skills.

Competences of a postdoctoral researcher:

- conceptual capacity and creativity

- social-environment orientation

- presenting and writing skills

- result orientation.

Salary Benefits:

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience of € 2,960 gross per month up to a maximum of € 3,703 (salary scale 10.5) gross per month for a full-time position a full-time position (1.0 FTE)

- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income

- an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance

- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

The appointment is temporary for a period of 30 months. Starting date preferably around March 2023 until January 2026. You will receive a temporary appointment for a specified period of 12 months, with a possibility of extension until the end of the project.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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