The aim of this project is to analyse the role of individual action and decision-making in situations in which groups are being nudged to behave in a desired way. The psychology of social systems postdoctoral project will develop insights from existing psychological theories on the often complex interplay between individuals and the social systems to which they belong to understand the phenomenon of crowd nudging and to improve socially responsible nudging of crowds.
The psychology of social systems postdoctoral researcher will closely work together with one postdoctoral researcher in ethics, one in social physics, and other researchers in the three disciplines. She/he will bring a psychology of systems perspective “into the mix” being sensitive to the two other disciplines in three steps. The psychology postdoctoral research will develop a conceptual model for describing the relationship between the individual and the crowd, taking into account existing conceptualizations and theories in psychology, perform empirical justifications for the system model by testing various models against substantive data containing movement trajectories of individuals, and will inform the development, and empirical testing of interventions (e.g., nudges) aimed at optimizing crowd flows in train stations.
Parallel with the research, you will be part of the Physics of Social Systems learning line (three courses totalling 15 ECTS) in which students work on similar topics following an innovative challenge-based learning approach. The student work is expected to be input to the postdoc’s research. The education percentage is negotiable, but expected around 25%.
The psychology postdoctoral-project is part of the interdisciplinary SRCrowd research project.
The SRCrowd research project will analyse the different roles individual and collective agency play when crowds in train stations are nudged towards more responsible behaviour. The project will involve social physicists, psychologists, and system philosophers. The social physicists have already set up innovative multi-scale crowd dynamics measurements that enable individual, high-accuracy, dynamic pedestrian tracking. Psychologists will start from the individual’s angle and philosophers will start from the system angle to describe together crowd phenomenon. The overall project will consist of developing the necessary conceptualizations, modelling the crowd phenomenon and performing and studying the effects of nudging individuals/crowds towards responsibility in an ethically acceptable way.
We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow able to perform the above tasks. We consider the following competencies and/or requirements as relevant:
Your application should contain the following documents:
If you are interested, we invite you to apply before May 23, 2021. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter. Please use the 'apply now' button to apply. Please note that a maximum of 1 document can be uploaded, so if you have more than 1 document you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.
For further information on the project and the position, please contact Antal Haans (a.haans[at]tue.nl)
More information about the Human-Technology Interaction research group at TU/e can be found at https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/innovation-sciences/human-technology-interaction/.
Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Kim van Puijenbroek, HR advisor (pz.ieis[at]tue.nl ). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl