Tuesday, January 29, 2008

PhD Scholarship in Agent-Based Modeling, UNSW, Australia

PhD Scholarship in Agent-Based Modeling of Business Relations and Networks

ARC Agent-Based Modeling of Business Relations and Networks grant

School of Marketing, The University of New South Wales


Applications are invited for a scholarship to undertake a PhD in the
School of Marketing at the Australian School of Business at the
University of New South Wales. The research will form part of an
Australian Research Council funded project to develop agent-based
models of the development and evolution of business relations and
networks in industrial markets.

The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the
research project’s Chief Investigators: Professor Ian Wilkinson of
the School of Marketing and Professor Robert Marks of the Australian
Graduate School of Management and School of Economics at the
University of New South Wales and Professor Louise Young of the School
of Marketing at the University of Technology Sydney. These are
leading international researchers in the area of business marketing
and economics with extensive backgrounds in the study of business
relations and networks, as well as expertise in modeling. They have
strong links with prominent researchers in the agent-based modeling
field around the world.

Skills and Qualifications Required

We are looking for a person with high-level computer science
qualifications (First or Upper Second Class honours or equivalent) and
skills, especially in the area of agent-based modeling, to work on the
project. This would include expertise in object-oriented programming
languages, such as Java and/or C++, as well as familiarity with
agent-based modeling platforms (e.g. Mason, Repast, Netlogo). We
would give preference to an applicant who also had some high-level
disciplinary-relevant knowledge and educational qualifications in
marketing, business, economics or another relevant discipline. But,
because a combination of relevant computer science skills and
disciplinary knowledge is rare, our primary focus is on the computing
skills plus a willingness to apply these in the area of business.
This may mean that the successful applicant will be required to
undertake a program of study to equip them with necessary disciplinary
knowledge to undertake the research and to fulfill the requirements of
a PhD in the School of Marketing. High-level communication and
writing skills in English are also essential.

The scholarship is available for local and international students for
three years full-time enrolment in the PhD program and provides the
scholar with a tax-exempt stipend of AUD$30,000 per annum.

The successful candidate would be expected to commence the PhD in mid
year 2008.

To apply, please submit your CV, academic transcripts, a summary of
your research interests and strengths related to the research and two
academic referee reports to Professor Ian F. Wilkinson
(i.wilkinson@unsw.edu.au). Application close: April 5, 2008

Further Enquiries

Please contact Professor Ian F. Wilkinson (i.wilkinson@unsw.edu.au),
Professor Bob Marks (bobm@agsm.edu.au) or Professor Louise Young
(l.young@uts.edu.au) for further information. Additional information
may be also be found on the University’s and School of Marketing’s
websites (www.unsw.edu.au, www.marketing.unsw.edu.au).