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1 PhD position — Theoretical Physics (m/f) at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Field of Research: Complex Systems analyzed with tools from nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics.

The project of the thesis is on evolutionary game theory. The focus is on the prediction of transient phenomena like spatio-temporal patterns, based on a set of designed rules, with applications to cellular, neuronal or ecological networks. Such patterns range from regular temporal sequences of excitations in neuronal networks to self-organized spatial segregation and the formation of alliances between species in ecological systems, including extinction events of parts of the population. The position is funded by the German Research foundation (DFG).

The project is allocated to the Statistical Physics group of Prof. Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns in the department of Physics and Earth Sciences. Other research topics in the group are physical versus biological aging, synchronization phenomena, population dynamics and the impact of stochastic fluctuations in dynamical systems with a current focus on power grids.

Candidates should have a master or diploma degree, primary background in theoretical physics and mathematics, very good programming skills in C, FORTRAN or PYTHON, strong interest and expertise in analytical calculations. Some background from life sciences is welcome.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit their application via Email to Prof. Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns (, including their CV (together with latest certificates), a summary of previous research, a motivation letter explaining their interest in future research, and contact information for two or three possible referees.
Applications are considered until the position is filled. The start date will be in late summer or early autumn 2017 unless otherwise agreed.

Jacobs University provides a stimulating research environment with interdisciplinary research and an international student body with students from more than hundred nations. The campus language is English. Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer.