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  • MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Understanding contagion spreading processes of cyber security threats through social networks

    Description: The spreading on ideas, memes, norms, products, and diseases are few examples of phenomena that can be studied and modelled as contagion processes on networks. Surprisingly, the dynamics of contagion in terms of semantic social engineering threats, such as phishing, scams, drive-by-malware etc. have received so far little attention. Indeed, although their spreading is conducted primarily in online social networks, studies in cyber security have been focused mainly on defining the characteristics (features) of threats and users that are more likely to result in successful attacks. In other words, the complexity emerging from the unsupervised interactions and actions of large number of users as well as threats strategies have been largely neglected. The project will tackle this limitation head-on. By mixing approaches from cyber security, network and data science the project aims at characterising the mechanisms and the phenomenology behind the spreading of cyber threats on social networks. The PhD student will be co-supervised by Dr. Loukas (Faculty of Architecture Computing and Humanities) and Prof. Yamir Moreno (University of Zaragoza, Spain).

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  • Deep-Learning Postdoctoral or Faculty Researcher

    Vermont EPSCoR is recruiting a postdoctoral or faculty researcher with expertise in machine learning and complex systems modeling to join our cutting-edge NSF funded research on Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE). We are in the second year of a five-year award of large-scale interdisciplinary studies which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events and will test policy scenarios for enhancing resilience using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the BREE team, you will participate in unique learning and professional development experiences including learning to communicate your science through our program with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and have access to significant cyberinfrastructure including a programming team and local and national compute resources.

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  • PhD Position in Evolutionary Game Theory

    The project of the thesis is on evolutionary game theory. The focus is on spatio-temporal patterns in generalized Lotka-Volterra models, with applications to cellular, neuronal or ecological networks. Such patterns range from regular temporal sequences of excitations in neuronal networks to self-organized spatial segregation and the formation of alliances between species in ecological systems, including extinction events of parts of the population. The position is funded by the German Research foundation for three years(DFG).

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  • Climate Statistics PhD Student

    Vermont EPSCoR is recruiting several PhD level graduate students to join our cutting-edge NSF funded research on Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE). We are initiating a five-year award of large-scale interdisciplinary studies which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events and will test policy scenarios for enhancing resilience using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the BREE team, you will have excellent mentoring and participate in unique learning and professional development experiences including learning to communicate your science through our program with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

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