The Santa Fe Institute seeks a postdoctoral Applied Complexity Fellow to play a key role in a project studying the interplay of belief and social networks, funded by Siegel Family Endowment. The project involves:

  • measuring existing beliefs and social networks in different communities using surveys and analysis of online discussions,
  • developing theoretically grounded computational models to understand the dynamics of these networks and their resilience to different shocks and interventions, and
  • communicating and engaging with relevant practitioners on the modeling approach and results.

The Fellow will play a critical role in shaping and implementing this research project. The project itself is fiercely interdisciplinary, requiring consultations with psychologists, computational social scientists, sociologists, political scientists, machine learning specialists, and statistical physicists; as well as with researchers, practitioners, and policy makers working in different applied settings. Therefore, in addition to conducting research (50% of the time), the Fellow will spend a significant part of their time (30%) networking among relevant stakeholders from the SFI and Siegel communities, organizing workshops and talks within the SFI existing CounterBalance initiative, and writing perspective pieces to help bring project insights to the broader public. Following SFI’s norms, the Fellow would retain 20% of their time to broadly partake in SFI’s intellectual life, interacting and collaborating with members of the transdisciplinary SFI community.

The ideal starting date for this Fellowship is Spring of 2023, although Fall of 2023 might be possible. This is a two year appointment. SFI provides a competitive salary, generous benefits, paid family leave insurance, paid time off, and modest relocation support. Additional resources are available to assist with travel and other research needs.

This position is sponsored by Siegel Family Endowment as part of their Siegel Research Fellows program. As such, the Fellow will also be invited to participate in monthly research seminars and an annual conference for SFE sponsored fellows working at the intersection of theory and practice on issues related to technology and society.

Desirable qualifications:

• a Ph.D. in a social science discipline with a strong computational component; or a Ph.D. in computer science, applied mathematics, or statistical physics with a demonstrated interest in the relevant social-science literature and methods

• a demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative modeling of empirically measured cognitive and social processes

• excellent skills in statistical analysis of empirical data

• a demonstrated interest and ability to communicate and network with scientists and practitioners from different disciplines and domains

• a demonstrated interest and ability to organize workshops and talks

• experience in survey and/or experimental research with human participants

• strong quantitative and computational skills, excellent command of R, Matlab, and/or Python

• a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively


Apply here. Please upload your CV and a 2-page (max) description of your relevant projects and interests. Please submit the names and contact information of three references. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2022. No phone calls please.

The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and women, veterans, and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but you should be a U.S. permanent resident or eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship.

SFI is a vaccinated community; to be employed by SFI and on-site you must provide proof of primary vaccination.