Early career positions

About mOeX: Cultural evolution is the application of evolution theory to culture. It is now widely acknowledged in social sciences and the humanities. mOeX adopts a computational approach to the study of the cultural evolution of knowledge, determining, in silico, properties of knowledge that artificial agents may obtain. Our ambition is to understand and develop general mechanisms by which a society evolves its knowledge. For that purpose, we combine knowledge representation and experimental cultural evolution methods. The former provides formal models of knowledge; the latter provides a well-defined framework for studying situated evolution. We consider societies of agents representing their knowledge and adapting it when interacting with each other. We study the global properties of local adaptation operators both

See the mOeX web site for more information.

Interested by the study of knowledge evolution along cultural evolution principles? Let's talk.

We are looking for young talented researchers and welcoming two types of profiles.

Computational scientists

Computer scientists aiming at helping us to dig deeper in cultural knowledge evolution. This may be attempted from either an experimental side, theoretical side or by joining both sides.

Expected applicants would typically have experience in (no particular order) multi-agent systems and simulation, logic, knowledge representation, reinforcement learning.

The research may concern linking cultural knowledge evolution and dynamic logic or belief revision, inventing and exploring new scenarios for evolving agent knowledge, modelling specific adaptation strategies, exploring the impact of agent values or organisation on evolved knowledge; the list is open-ended.

Social scientists

Researchers from the social sciences and the humanities, with an inclination towards either knowledge and beliefs or cultural evolution. We are open to experimental, observational or theoretical profiles.

We expect applications from researchers aiming at amplifying their work through bringing their own perspective on cultural knowledge evolution or importing computational thinking in their practices.

The research may concern social aspects of cultural evolution (sociology, epistemology), focus on the motivation and individual knowledge and behaviour of agents (cognitive science, psychology) or taking an intermediary position linking knowledge and society (anthropology), but the list is not closed.

For both types, the perspective is to build one own research agenda in connection to that of mOeX. Of course, especially for the second type, the goal is to stay connected to your field of origin and still publish in it.

Permanent positions

Every year, INRIA and CNRS, offer open, tenured, research positions to junior researchers a few years after PhD (typically 2 to 3 years). There are also indefinite time research-teaching positions at INRIA in association with universities. mOeX is eligible to such positions. If you think that you could contribute to the work, do not hesitate to contact us, now. Indeed, formal applications is usually due beginning of the year (2023: February 27th for INRIA, January 5th for CNRS), but it is better if they are planned quite ahead of time.

Such positions are usually free of teaching duties, although there also are opportunities for teaching.

Post-doctoral positions

If you do not feel ready to make the plunge...

There is also the opportunity to apply for non permanent, post-doctoral position with us. This can happen in with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowships or specific INRIA post-doc calls.

In any case
If you feel like joining us and thinks that you might contribute to the mOeX project, please contact Jérôme Euzenat (@inria.fr).
Be sure to attach a vitæ and a few motivating words. Do not wait.

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