MSCA-IF-2019 Call for Expressions of Interest Deusto Foundation/DeustoTech – Computational Social Sciences (new!)

In line with DEUSTO strategy to promote excellence, DeustoTech is inviting Expressions of Interest from excellent international postdoctoral researchers who are interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IFs) around the topic Computational Social Sciences.

Scientists in Charge

The Chair of Computational Mathematics of DeustoTech, University of Deusto (Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain), aims to develop an active research, training and outreach agenda in the broad field of Applied Mathematics. Led by Enrique Zuazua, and funded, among other agencies, by the Advanced Grant DyCon of the European Research Council (ERC), the Chair is committed with the development of ground-breaking research in the areas of Partial Differential Equations, Control Theory, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing; key tools for technological transfer and for the interaction of Mathematics with other scientific disciplines such as Biology, Social Sciences, Engineering, Earth and Climate Sciences.

Host Research Unit

The Chair of Computational Mathematics, develops its activity in the DeustoTech research and technological center, oriented to computer, data and mathematical sciences, with excellent infrastructure and embedded in an international network of academic and research institutions.

Candidates Profile

The Chair aims to employ the classical paradigm of Mathematical “modelling + analysis+ simulation + control “ to address these important issues. Different problems inspired on social sciences require of a diversity of models including reaction-diffusion Partial Differential Equations (PDED), Markov chains, game theory and networks. On the other hand, the limited information and understanding we have of some of these new social emerging phenomena require of the construction of new methods based on the data at our disposal. The goal of the postdoctoral research to be conducted would be to combine the classical tools of applied mathematics with the modern methodologies of data analytics and sciences to address these challenging issues.

Scientific Research Areas

  • Mathematics

  • Description of the Hosting Offer

    The Chair aims to integrate a postdoctoral fellow to carry out mathematical and computational research in the field of “Computational Social Sciences”. Modern societies are increasingly complex. Social networks and information technologies provide new opportunities of communication, cooperation and growth, but also raise new risks on security and the propagation of fake news. Immigration and refugees due to violence and poverty is another major issue, while multiculturalism and economic inequalities constitute significant challenges that need to be addressed to assure a stable long term sustainability.

    Excellence of the Host Research Unit

    Main academic publications related to the topic:

    Main projects developed by the scientist in charge of the position offered/host research unit:

    • ERC-ADG-2015 ERC Advanced Grant (694126) DyCon-Dynamic Control Dynamic Control and Numerics of Partial Differential Equations. Partners: Fundación Deusto (CCM)-coordination & UAM – Madrid.
    • MINECO RETOS 2017. (MTM2017-92996-C2-1-R). Control y estabilidad de redes híbridas AC/DC: Ecuaciones Diferenciales y Ecuaciones en Derivadas Parciales para el análisis de estabilidad de redes (COSNET). Partners: Fundación Deusto (CCM)-coordination, and Mondragon University.
    • ELKARTEK 2018 (Basque Government) (KK-2018/00083) “New Tools for the Design and Control of Hybrid ac/dc Distribution Networks (Road2DC)”. Partners Mondragon University, Fundación Deusto, TECNALIA, Ingeteam & IK4-IKERLAN.
    Interdisciplinary Collaboration

    The Chair of Computational Mathematics always tries to incorporates a wide selection of knowledge areas amongst their team members ( mathematics, Physics and Computing science) as well in the search for new collaborative approaches with other entities. Thus, the hosting institution offers the possibility to integrate knowledge in relation to health science, energy and industrial applications amongst others.

    Describe how interdisciplinarity is planned to be achieved and implemented:

    Interdisciplinarity is a crucial step planned within the research of the Chair of Computational Mathematics. Its relevance relays on the fact that the development mathematical outcomes envisage to be implemented in real case scenarios. In particular the interaction between mathematical solutions and computing modelling turns to crucial for a successful results impact and uptake of the results. To date, the interdisciplinary activities have been planned and implemented actively taking part in other areas of the Deustotech Centre in relation to big data analysis, image treatment and machine learning applications. The research road map of the Chair offers the possibility to enhance this approach by the contribution of post-doctoral members as well as a result of network with other regional and international research centres.

    International Collaboration

    The research framework of the Hosting offer covers the potential to build direct and indirect relationship with H2020 priorities such as climate resilient future as well as digitising and transforming European Industry and services. The strength of Mathematics lies in its potential to be used in the most diverse disciplines and applications. Mathematics is used to measure, model, predict, quantify, calculate, simulate … And that enormous potential has been amplified in the last decades thanks to the symbiosis with its most advantaged descendants, Computer Science and Modelling. The Hosting group projects develops a multidisciplinary training and research agenda in the area of systems control, with applications in very diverse sectors and, very particularly, those involved in Sustainable Development. At the present there is clear relation of the projects to Goal 7: Clean energy, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals. One of the questions that the chair addresses from the mathematical perspective is the development of optimal control strategies in large temporal horizons, particularly important in those challenges that society faces in the medium and long term. Energy, Climate Change, Epidemiology, neurodegenerative diseases, waste management, wealth distribution, multiculturalism and immigration are some of those issues in which Mathematics, and in particular the tools developed, can play a decisive role.

    Intersectoral Collaboration

    Relevant external stakeholders to collaborate with in the framework of the proposal/project could be the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) in Erlangen-Nürnberg, in Germany and Universidad Autonóma Madrid (UAM), Spain


    The hosting research group has developed over the last few years a clear Dissemination Plan for the scientific publications as well as a Communication Plan for dissemination of the research approach for a wider audience and targeted groups. There is a clear contribution of the expert knowledge on the attraction of talent to mathematical studies and more all for its application and uses in different societal challenges. The participation of the researchers in scientific events as well as talent attraction events al local and/or international level is key for the exploitation of the mathematical result uptakes and potential impact and contribution by the platform tool user community.


    The Chair of Computational Mathematics has been conceived and run in a holistic manner, integrating from the very early the research efforts in the mathematical aspects and the software development. This has been done, in particular to increase the potential of interaction of the team with researchers of other fields and other players in the broad European space of Research and Innovation. In addition, The Chair has included as well the research environment where the Principal Investigator , senior lecturers, post-doctoral researches and PhD and Master students share the key aspects of their knowledge as well the expertise to the rest of team.


    The Chair of Computational Mathematics pursues an active policy for gender equal opportunities.

    How to Apply

    Application procedure is described in detail in the following link:

    Selected candidates will be informed by 28th June 2019 of the next steps in the submission process (training, reviews, etc). They will be offered both academic and administrative support with regards to the proposal development to be submitted to the MSCA-IF Call 2019.