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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Complex Systems Modelling, Quantitative Modelling of Legal Comple

London (Greater) (GB)
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10 Jan 2024

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The Department of Mathematics at King’s College London invites applications for 1 postdoctoral research associate position for a duration of 27 months starting in October 2024. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Quantitative and Digital Law Lab [] to do theoretical and data-driven research in collaboration with Dr Pierpaolo Vivo and Dr Alessia Annibale on several projects at the interface between complexity science, statistical physics and network theory to address legal, political and socio-economic issues.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in applied mathematics, physics, computer science, computational social studies or related areas, substantial programming and data-analysis skills, a keen interest and technical skills in mathematical modelling of socio-economic systems, as well as a desirable previous 2-year postdoctoral experience. In recent years, the Lab has created a prototype of a navigable visualisation interface for UK Acts of Parliaments [], which would need to be maintained and scaled up.

The QuantLaw team has lately tackled the problem of optimal size of parliaments in democratic countries, retrieval of information and structural complexity of legal texts, as well as models for the pricing of information in games of chance.

The successful candidate will conduct high-visibility research and publish in high profile outlets, as well as contribute to the Departmental and Faculty activities. The post is offered at a competitive salary (grade 6 spine 34 of KCL salary scale) and includes generous provisions for travel money, computing equipment, and academic and leadership training.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 27 months

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

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