The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for two PhD positions. The successful candidates will be appointed to the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation, where the project will be based, and will be expected to begin on August 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Description of the project
“Bubbles” are usually considered unwelcome and destabilizing phenomena associated with finance and real estate markets. Generally a bubble has developed when assets trade at prices far exceeding the estimated fundamental value. The guiding research principle of The Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) is that bubbles essentially amount to information control problems among deliberating agents who are collectively susceptible to robustly demonstrated socio-psychological features like boom-thinking, group-thinking and lemming effects, which together with determinate market models and conditions may make for bubble-hospitable environments.
CIBS studies bubble phenomena across different ontologies by
1. focusing on the socio-psychological phenomena among agents leading to often irrational group behavior facilitated by imperfect or wrongful information processing among group members influenced by social proof,
2. being inspired by the main strands of bubble models in economics accordingly study concepts like “social capital”, “opinion”, “fame”, “recognition”, “scientific progress” apparent in other “markets” (agent interactive settings) with particular emphasis on the information-driven dynamics and thus study bubble formation, bursts and deflation across traditional domains and disciplines,
3. uncovering the formal structure and dynamics, provide simulation and experimental results, offer resolutions of, and recommendations for avoiding (or stimulating benign) bubbles or boom behavior of agents reasoning and processing information in concert.
The advertised PhD positions will be part of uncovering the formal structure and dynamics of bubble phenomena across sectors, domains and institutions.
1. We are looking for a candidate with a background in mathematics and economics with particular emphasis on econometric and statistical methods for studying social media data.
2. We are looking for a candidate with a background in economics, logic, mathematics or theoretical computer science with particular emphasis on formal models of knowledge representation for attention economics.
The successful candidate will be working in close cooperation with computer scientists, economists, social psychologists and behavioral scientists in order to crack the code of these interdisciplinary objects of scientific inquiry, which bubbles are within the CIBS understanding.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be present, part of the team and partake in the activities of CIBS on a daily basis. The successful candidate must therefore demonstrate an ability to work in teams and a ready ability to interact with and acquire operational knowledge of bubble theories in economics and relevant themes in social psychology, behavioral studies and formal methods of knowledge representation.
For further information including a copy of the project description for CIBS, please contact Director of CIBS, Professor Vincent F. Hendricks, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent.
Applicants must have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university that declares that you have been awarded the master degree.
Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Please read more at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences website: https://ufm.dk/en
Excellent communication skills in English is considered essential and applicants must speak and write academic English fluently. The PhD Administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process if this is considered necessary.
The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:
Please outline you motivation for applying for this position, describe how your experiences and skills match the requirements for this position, include a short summary of your project description and explain why you want to do your PhD studies at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen. The cover letter should not exceed one page.
Please include a complete CV including a list of publication, if you have any.
Diploma and transcript of records
The following documentation must be submitted:
• A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)
• A copy of the applicant's Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
• A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree diploma
• A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made or approved by either of the following:
• A state-authorized translator and interpreter
• The embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made
• A Danish consulate/embassy
The PhD administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework.
Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate.
All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.
The recruitment process
After the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are shortlisted for assessment or not. Hereafter, the Assessment Committee is appointed by the Head of Department and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application.
Afterwards selected qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Please be advised that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.
Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' PhD School is a precondition for employment as a PhD scholar.
As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete courses totalling approximately 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD programme you must submit a PhD thesis.
For more information about the PhD School, visit: http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/
Terms of employment
PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years. These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas.
For further information on employment, please see the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).
Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.
For any further questions, please contact the PhD Administration, HR South and City Campus, University of Copenhagen via this e-mail: email@example.com.
As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.
Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 16 May 2019 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CEST).
You can alter submitted application in the recruitment system until the application deadline expires. No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.