Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Supervisor name and surname:

Sergio Gómez

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Co-supervisor name and surname:

Alex Arenas

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PhD programme:

Computer Science and Mathematics of Security

Title of the research project:

Modeling of the interaction between epidemic spreading and social dynamics

Description of the research project:

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the necessity of the development of models capable of accurately describing the spreading of diseases within the society. Not only the epidemic parameters are important: other previously ignored factors, such as mobility, age distribution, lockdowns, closing of certain types of activities and commerce, and all kinds of non-pharmaceutical interventions, have to be taken into account. The objective of this project is the building of models that describe mathematically the interactions between all these factors: social behavior and epidemic spreading, using tools taken from statistical physics and computational techniques.

Highly desirable attributes of the ideal candidate

* Demonstrated previous experience in one or more of the following topics: Complex systems
* Hold a Master degree, or equivalent, in: Physics
* Language skills: English
Ethics: This project doesn’t involve ethical aspects

Workplace Location: Campus Sescelades, Tarragona

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Earliest expected start date:

14 February 2022

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413