The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for two PhD positions in 2019.

The successful candidates will be appointed to the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation, where the project will be based and will be expected to begin on August 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description
“Bubbles” are usually considered unwelcome and destabilizing phenomena associated with finance and real estate markets. Generally, a bubble has developed when assets trade at prices far exceeding the estimated fundamental value. The guiding research principle of The Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) is that bubbles essentially amount to information control problems among deliberating agents who are collectively susceptible to robustly demonstrated socio-psychological features like boom-thinking, group-thinking and lemming effects, which together with determinate market models and conditions may make for bubble-hospitable environments.
CIBS studies bubble phenomena across different ontologies by
  • focusing on the socio-psychological phenomena among agents leading to often irrational group behavior facilitated by imperfect or wrongful information processing among group members influenced by social proof,
  • being inspired by the main strands of bubble models in economics accordingly study concepts like “social capital”, “opinion”, “fame”, “recognition”, “scientific progress” apparent in other “markets” (agent interactive settings) with particular emphasis on the information-driven dynamics and thus study bubble formation, bursts and deflation across traditional domains and disciplines,
  • uncovering the formal structure and dynamics, provide simulation and experimental results, offer resolutions of, and recommendations for avoiding (or stimulating benign) bubbles or boom behavior of agents reasoning and processing information in concert.
The advertised PhD positions will be part of uncovering the formal structure and dynamics of bubble phenomena across sectors, domains and institutions. The successful candidate will be working in close cooperation with computer scientists, economists, social psychologists and behavioural scientists in order to crack the code of these interdisciplinary objects of scientific inquiry, which bubbles are within the CIBS understanding.

Worth of Award

  • PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
  • According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years. These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas.


  • It is expected that the successful candidate will be present, part of the team and partake in the activities of CIBS on a daily basis.
  • The successful candidate must therefore demonstrate an ability to work in teams and a ready ability to interact with and acquire operational knowledge of bubble theories in economics and relevant themes in social psychology, behavioural studies and formal methods of knowledge representation.
  • For further information including a copy of the project description for CIBS, please contact Director of CIBS, Professor Vincent F. Hendricks, [email protected]
  • Applicants need to hold a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent.
  • Applicants must have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program.
  • In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university that declares that you have been awarded the master degree.
  • Applicants with a non-Danish Master’s degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish if the Master’s degree is equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree.
  • Excellent communication skills in English is considered essential and applicants must speak and write academic English fluently.
  • The PhD Administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process if this is considered necessary.

How to Apply

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Project description
Diploma and transcript of records 
The following documentation must be submitted:
• A copy of the applicant’s Master’s degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)
• A copy of the applicant’s Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
• A copy of the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree diploma
• A copy of the applicant’s Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
  • If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
  • The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made or approved by either of the following:
• A state-authorized translator and interpreter
• The embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made
• A Danish consulate/embassy

Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically no later than May 16, 2019, at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CEST).

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