Tampere University

Postdoctoral Researcher (Tampere Complexity Lab - Computational social science)

2023-11-30 (Europe/Helsinki)
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Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society. www.tuni.fi/en

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on the data-driven mathematical modelling of networked phenomena in nature and society at the brand new Tampere Complexity Lab led by Prof. Gerardo Iñiguez in Tampere University, Finland.

The Tampere Complexity Lab, part of the Computing Sciences Unit of the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences at Tampere University, aims at understanding the emergence of complexity in nature and society. We perform interdisciplinary research on the boundaries of physics, applied mathematics, sociology, and computer science, exploring the structure and dynamics of large-scale systems of interconnected entities that react to each other and the environment, especially in our technologically infused societies. We analyze the statistical properties of large empirical datasets of networked events off- and online, and emulate them via simple mechanistic mathematical models, to figure out how complex adaptive behavior at the macro level arises from a multitude of microscopic interactions.

Job description

Together, we will work on the mathematical and computational modelling of adaptive socio-technical networks leading to group emergence and ideological polarisation in online platforms and uncover mechanisms leading to emergent universalities in the large-scale behaviour of social networks and hierarchical complex systems.

Broad topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Generic features of stability in the dynamics of rankings and hierarchies in complex systems.
  • Dynamic interplay of mechanisms of information transfer and tie formation in social networks.
  • Adaptive coevolution of dynamics and structure in networks.

Duties include:

  • High-level academic research and publication activities (90%).
  • Teaching assistance in related graduate courses (10%).


The position is open for people with a PhD relevant to research in computational social science, network science, and complex systems in general (including, but not limited to, network science, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and quantitative social sciences).

Competitive applicants will have outstanding mathematical, computational, and communication skills, a strong interest in interdisciplinary research, and an open-minded, collaborative spirit. Ideal candidates will have a promising record of high-level international publications and a demonstrated ability to conduct high-impact research in computational social science and network science. A strong research skillset, coming from fields like nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics, applied statistics, data science, and machine learning, will include large-scale statistical data analysis, mathematical modelling, and data/model fitting of complex networked phenomena. 

We expect the candidate to display genuine interdisciplinary interests, organizational and networking skills within the research community, and the initiative to conduct both collaborative and independent research. Language will be English at a high academic level in an international research environment, but Finnish is a plus. Teaching experience is consider an advantage. 

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition/Bildung, and learner-centredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work.

We offer

The postdoctoral researcher will be hired for a fixed term period of 2 years. The start date is anytime, preferably as soon as possible, and will be mutually agreed between the parties. Trial period of six months applies to all our new hires. Potential funding might include attendance to international scientific conferences. The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. A typical starting salary for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow is 3700 EUR per month. However, for more experienced persons, higher salary can be negotiated. 

We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as occupational health care services, flexible work schedule, versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities and a safe and inviting campus area as well as a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground

Finland is among the most stable, free and safe countries in the world, based on prominent ratings by various agencies. Tampere is the largest inland city of Finland, and the city is counted among the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries. Tampere region is the most rapidly growing urban area in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland’s information society. Tampere is also surrounded by vivid nature with forests and lakes, providing countless opportunities for easy-to-access outdoor adventures and refreshment throughout the year.

Read more about Finland and Tampere: 

How to apply

Please submit your application in English through our online recruitment system (link below). 

The closing date for applications is the 30th of November 2023 (23:59 EST / UTC+2). 

Attach the following documents to your application in PDF format: 

  1. Brief letter of intent (describing yourself, your research background and interests, and why you would be suitable for the position; max 3 pages)
  2. Curriculum vitae (TENK guidelines)
  3. List of publications (Academy of Finland guidelines)
  4. Names and full contact addresses of at least 2 references (please arrange for them to send recommendation letters to Prof. Gerardo Iñiguez, in case we request it)
  5. Any additional material or unpublished work that helps us see that you are research-oriented, technically skilled, and creative.

For more information, please contact:

Associate Prof. Dr. Gerardo Iñiguez, gerardo.iniguez@tuni.fi

Application period starts: 2023-09-01 09:00 Application period ends: 2023-11-30 23:59


Postdoctoral Researcher (Tampere Complexity Lab - Computational social science)
Kalevantie 4 Tampere, Finnland
2023-11-30 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)
2023-11-30 22:59 (CET)
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