Post-doc Groningen Center Social Complexity Studies


University College Groningen


University of Groningen

Full title: Post-doc position at the Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies (GCSCS), University College Groningen (UCG), The Netherlands 1.0 (FTE)

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative Center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The University College Groningen (UCG) is a faculty of the University of Groningen. The UCG community is internationally oriented, with staff and students from across the globe. UCG is primarily an educational faculty addressing global challenges from a multi disciplinary perspective. The GCSCS is being hosted by the UCG, and is connecting researchers from different faculties at the UG.

About the project and your contribution
The post-doc will work on the INCITE-DEM project. The INCITE-DEM project is a Horizon 2020 project aimed at simulating social dynamics in community-based projects. An existing modelling approach, called HUMAT, that has been developed in a previous EU project (SMARTEES, see will be used to develop models of empirical cases. In the research project the aim is to study if such simulations of communities can contribute to a dialogue between people having different perspectives and interests in a project. In particular the inclusion of more vulnerable people in local democratic processes is at focus.

The project is envisaged to start in February or March 2023.

Job description

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.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 30 months.

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.

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

- letter of application
- curriculum vitae, including a list of academic output and the names and contact details of two referees, a short note on which parts of the project you would be particularly interested in working on, and how this work would relate to previous work you have done.

You may apply for this position until 13 December 11:59pm / before 14 December 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/
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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

The project proposal and further information can be obtained from Wander Jager
+31 6 36184622

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V22.0791

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