The Computational Physics group at the Institute for Building Materials, ETH Zurich (http://www.ifb.ethz.ch/comphys) is developing and applying numerical methods and simulations to many different areas ranging from general statistical physics, sociophysics, and complex fluids, to material science and geomorphology. The group is multinational and offers a creative environment, with many possibilities for interdisciplinary collaborations.
Our society increasingly depends on complex systems, such as the Internet, traffic, electrical power grids, social networks, ecological networks, etc. Such systems are typically coupled what drastically increases their vulnerability to failures. The aim of this project is to develop optimization strategies to improve the robustness of the system and avoid the typical catastrophic cascading failures. Novel bio-inspired optimization techniques will be used to accomplish this task.
The project is funded by Swiss National Science Foundation and will be done in close collaboration with Prof. Marco Tomassini from the University of Lausanne.
Applicants should have a Diploma or Master degree in physics or related area, strong programming skills and interest in numerical simulations and interdisciplinary topics.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Hans Jürgen Herrmann, firstname.lastname@example.org, Institut f. Baustoffe, HIF E12, Schafmattstr. 6, CH-8093 Zürich
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