ESA-announce PhD Position at ETH Zurich: Emotions and Politics in Social Media

Posted on 2013/07/18. Filed under: 綜合 |

The Chair of Systems Design in ETH Zurich, and the Centre for Research
on Direct Democracy in Universität Zürich offer a position for a PhD
student working in the project "The Role of Emotional Interactions in
the Polarization of Opinions in Participatory Media" funded by the
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), starting as soon as possible.

This project brings together the fields of social science, computer
science, and statistical physics to advance in the understanding of
the polarization of opinions and emotions during online interaction.
The project has a special emphasis in the dynamics of emotions in
political discussions.

The candidate is expected to collaborate in the following tasks of the

– Analysis of emotional interaction and opinion polarization in large
datasets of online discussions

– Explore universal patterns of polarization and popularity in online
participatory media (fora, news sites, social networks…)

– Analyze differences in the online interaction of online
subcommunities depending on their political orientation

– Design, simulate, and analyze agent-based models of online
interaction that reproduce the observed phenomena


– MSc degree or equivalent in psychology, sociology, or political science

– ability to combine modeling and statistical data analysis (e.g. R,

– ability to develop formal models and computer simulations (e.g.
Java, Python)

– good knowledge about graph algorithms and social network analysis is
a plus

– strong abilities to communicate in an interdisciplinary scientific

– interest in becoming acquainted with methods from physics,
economics, and computer science

We offer excellent working conditions and collaboration with a lively
team in both institutions, as well as with leading institutions worldwide.

Applicants are kindly requested to send their curriculum vitae,
transcript of records, list of publications (if available), names of
at least three references, and an overview of their research interests
(all in PDF files), to

Ms. Rahel Dulik

For specific inquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. Dr. Frank Schweitzer


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