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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Masdar Institute (Jointly with MIT)

Incentive Mechanisms in Social Computing


Applications are invited for the position of “Post-doctoral Research
Fellow” as part of a joint research project between the Masdar
Institute of Science & Technology and Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT).  The project’s Principal Investigators are:

- Dr. Iyad Rahwan, Masdar Institute & MIT (
- Prof. Alex (Sandy) Pentland, MIT (

The successful candidate will work on a collaborative
interdisciplinary research project. The project , titled “Influencing
Collective Human Behavior Using Distributed Intelligent Systems,” aims
to help people use resources more efficiently. The project will have
(1) a theoretical component focusing on game-theoretic and incentive
mechanism design issues, and (2) an empirical component to test these
techniques in behavioral experiments using lab experiments and real
deployment through mobile computing and sensor technologies.


The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a relevant discipline (Computer
Science or Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, or
Economics), and established track record evident by publications in
top quality conferences and/or journals. Expertise in one or more of
the following fields will is a must: computational game theory,
mechanism design, social computing, mobile computing, multi-agent
systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence, social network


The position will offer a very competitive salary package (note that
the UAE currently offers a tax-free environment). The position will be
for an initial duration of 12 months, extendible (up to 2 or 3 years)
depending on funding and performance. The position will commence in
November 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Short-listing of applications will continue to accept applications
afterward until the
position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following
to Dr. Iyad Rahwan
(1)     Academic CV, including names and contact details of 3 referees
(2)     A 1-page “statement of interest”, explaining the candidate’s
interest in the project.
(3)     One or two “representative papers” describing the applicant’s research.

A confirmation will be sent when the application is received.

Note that incomplete or generic applications will be ignored.


The Masdar Institute ( is a private, not-for-profit,
independent, research-driven institute developed with the support and
cooperation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The
Institute offers Masters and PhD programs in science and engineering
disciplines, with a focus on advanced energy and sustainable
technologies. Its faculty is of the highest quality and the intent is
to have the structure of its top administration similar to MIT's. The
Institute is part of the growing Masdar City (,
which aims to be the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste city, and
is home of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The Institute is located in Abu Dhabi, with close proximity to Dubai,
considered among the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the
Middle East.


Please contact Dr. Iyad Rahwan (

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