PhD Position Spread in Networks
Epidemic processes widely apply to biological and computer network viruses, to cascading failures in power grids, to the spread of news, rumour or emotions in a social network, to transactions in banking networks and to the processing of functions and movements in the human brain. An epidemic process spreads over an underlying network topology or contact graph, that is generally changing over time. Standard models used so far are mostly based on Markovian processes and mean-field approximations. As the recent panic caused by Credit Suisse and Silicon Valley Bank throughout the global banking system has shown, dramatic improvements in modelling spread in networks is crucial to better understand and respond to such crises. As a PhD student at TU Delft, you will conduct research and develop non-Markovian models from the viewpoint of Network Science and geared to predicting and preventing spread in networks.
Depending on your interests in an epidemic application domain, your research may be dedicated to data communications, energy networks, and even pandemics within the scope of the ERC ViSioN project. Once you have mastered the theory, you will build models, describing the natural phenomenon with mathematical precision. Beside deriving theory and collecting data of real-world epidemic spread to validate your model, you will also program your model. Your software will convince decision makers of realistic scenarios and help reduce response times. You will be building your network of relevant stakeholders, e.g. in industry, among academics or at university hospitals. As a PhD student, you will also be coaching and supervising Master students with their thesis projects.
You will be joining the diverse and driven team of academic staff, PhD students and postdocs of the Network Architectures and Services Group. We share a drive to understand the characteristics of and processes running on complex networks, ranging from man-made infrastructures to biological, brain and social networks. Fostering an inspiring, friendly and supportive environment, we meet regularly and share ideas and knowledge. You will receive all the training you need to evolve as a scientist.
You are driven to reduce the impact of spread in networks using mathematical modelling. For your research you harness your in-depth knowledge of mathematics, algorithms, probability theory and network science. In addition, you thrive on seeing your models applied, for which you reach out to relevant stakeholders using your communication and networking skills. In addition, you enjoy writing scientific articles and disseminating your findings in relevant communities and conferences. In view of the often privacy-sensitive nature of our research, you are an EU citizen.
You also have:
- An MSc in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, System and control theory, Electrical Engineering or another relevant subject.
- Extensive experience of modelling.
- An eagerness to learn all about the latest technologies and their potential for mathematical modelling and prediction.
- Excellent programming skills.
- A good command of English, because you will be working in an international environment.
Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.