Postdoctoral Researcher on the Impact of Climate Adaptation on Poverty Traps

  • Deadline: 4 January 2022
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The position is funded by the Netherlands eScience Center. The position focuses on modeling feedbacks between climate change adaptation and poverty traps dynamics using spatial agent-based models. We aim to focus on cities in the Global South; collaborations with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre are foreseen. See here for details, requirements & conditions

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in High-Performance Social Simulation

  • Deadline: 31 December 2021
  • Location: Delft, the Netherlands

The position focuses on developing methods to speed large-scale agent-based models, for example by means of effective parallelization utilizing the benefits of the new Delft High-Performance Computing cluster. The position is at the intersection of social simulation and high-performance algorithms and links to two ongoing EU projects (TAILOR and ERC SCALAR). See here for details, requirements & conditions

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Postdoctoral researcher on Conditions shaping transformational climate change adaptation

  • Deadline: 29 November 2021
  • Location: Delft, the Netherlands

This PostDoc position focuses on the systematic analysis of narratives in historic, anthropological, sociology and public administration literature about large disasters in the past, and participatory literature on current views and potential responses to anticipated future floods. The goal is to identify socio-economic factors, conditions, and feedbacks that enable transformational changes in societies in response to environmental shocks. This systematic review will catalog core socio-economic factors and processes differentiating between incremental and transformational societal responses to hazards. Given that this literature is vast and largely qualitative, the conventional systematic review will be complemented with AI-powered methods for an automated content analysis. Furthermore, the PostDoc will pursue an in-depth analysis of several case-studies of transformational societal responses to floods in the Netherlands and USA to elicit the necessary and sufficient conditions that shape social tipping points. The PostDoc researcher could also engage in co-supervision of two PhD students that join the VIDI team shortly. See here for details, requirements & conditions

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Scientific programmer on ‘Modular design of agent-based models and models’ integration’

  • Published: 15 October 2021
  • Deadline: 15 November 2021
  • Location: Delft, the Netherlands

The current Programmer position will support the project on a number of computational tasks. The successful candidate will work within the SCALAR research team for a period of 2-3 years to help with (1) the design and increasing the performance of spatial ABM, and (2) integrating ABM with CGE models, and establishing a link with IAM. The first set of tasks will involve a development of a modular approach to the design of ABM, with a thorough model architecture, and flexible pathways for scaling up spatial ABM (currently coded in Python). Moving from urban to large-scale agent-based simulations is an important aspect of the project. For the second set of tasks that aspire to link the ABM with macro CGE and climate-economy Integrated assessment Models, you will work on aligning the data exchange between these models based on the latest advances in multi-modeling and the international standards on model integration.

  • MSc or PhD degree in Environmental sciences, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or equivalent;
  • Working knowledge of Python and demonstrated programming experience (student projects; computational projects with industry or government);
  • See here for more details & conditions

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RECURRING: 4TU Resilience Fellowship programme

  • Published: 18 October 2021
  • Deadline: 15 November 2021
  • Location: Twente, Delft, Eindhoven, Wageningen

The 4TU Resilience Fellowship programme has three categories: Young Resilience Fellows, Resilience Fellows and Resilience Ambassadors. Fellows are selected by the participating universities (see call for proposals). Ambassadors are appointed by the Scientific Steering Group.

The call for proposals for (Young) Resilience Fellows is open until November 15, 2021. When preparing your application, please consider the following requirements:

  • You need to have at least 3 years of post-graduate experience (as PhD researcher or practitioner).
  • You need to prepare your proposal in consultation with one or more 4TU RE researchers.
  • When submitting your application, please put your 4TU RE key contact person in cc.
  • The hosting period should be completed within one year of the approval of your application.

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CLOSED: Assistant Professor position in Sustainability and Complex Adaptive Systems

  • Published: 20 Aug
  • Deadline: 16 Oct
  • Location: Twente

The Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM), University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands, invite applications for an Assistant Professor position in Sustainability and Complex Adaptive Systems. The Assistant Professor will join the CSTM thematic group on Social Complexity of Climate Change and will be embedded within Resilience Research Program of the Behavioural, Management and Social sciences Faculty.

The latter unites researchers from various social sciences with a shared focus on technology and computational methods to explore how individuals, communities, cities or regions withstand, cope, adapt and continue developing in the face of gradual stress or abrupt shocks. The BMS Resilience Research Program does so by using computational methods – data analytics, agent-based modeling, gaming and visualization (see also BMS Tech4people Lab) – as research tools in developing solutions towards the UN Sustainable Development goals.

An ideal candidate will share an emphasis on computational methods and sustainable urban-regional development challenges; candidates with a passion to make a difference in the climate change adaptation and mitigation .

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CLOSED: PhD position on Macroeconomic modeling of damage assessments and climate change adaptation

  • Published: 7 May
  • Deadline: 14 Jun
  • Location: Enschede

The successful candidate will work within the SCALAR research team to explore how various economic sectors in different countries are impacted by floods, how bounded rationality and evolutionary economic dynamics may impact damage functions, and how individual climate change adaptation options can be integrated, given behavioral biases and economic feedbacks.

During this 4-year long project, the PhD student will build up on existing CGE models and flood damage assessments, and extend them further by introducing climate adaptation decisions of households and businesses by linking to agent-based modeling. 

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