• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    PhD student enquires are welcome, specifically on the following topics: Topological optimisation of urban transportation networks and regional structure, Complex Adaptive Dynamics on Complex Networks, Optimising network performance from Boolean to logistic networks


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    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    I joined Mathematics EAS at Aston University as a Lecturer in 2018, following appointments at Christian-Albrecht University Kiel, University of Lübeck, and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

    My background is from Theoretical Physics and Dynamical Systems, and my research theme is mathematical modeling of complex systems, especially of biological and socio-economic systems.

    My current research includes evolutionary dynamics, neural learning and neural dynamics (especially related to sleep and consciousness), socio-economic systems, complexity, networks, delay, and control of chaos.

    Hirsch (as of 5/2021): 16 (ISI; 24 citations/item) and 20 (google scholar)

    Here is my publication profile: https://scholar.google.de/citations?hl=de&user=fCjDwsIAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate 

    Upcoming in Europhysics Letters: https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.05949

    Personal webpage at Aston EAS Mathematics: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/eas/staff/a-z/dr-jens-christian-claussen/index

    PhD studentship available: Complex Adaptive Dynamics on Complex Networks (supervisors (JC Claussen and AK Chattopadhyay)

    PhD studentship available: Optimising network performance from Boolean to logistic networks (supervisors: D Nerukh and JC Claussen)

    For both a competitive process will select the best candidates among all projects listed on the EAS PhD page.

    Postdoctoral fellows applying through the EU Marie Curie fellowship scheme or other funding schemes are encouraged to get in contact early to discuss projects. We also regularly host sandwich and Erasmus visitors.

    Enquiries welcome: j.claussen@aston.ac.uk ++44-121-2044983 Room number: MB313N

    Teaching Activity

    AM20PD Probability Distributions, AM30GT Game Theory. AM20AL Abstract Algebra. Occasionally teaching AM40ML Statistical Machine Learning and AM10MA Mathematical Algorithms. Also offering Maths Report, Maths Project and Research Placement (enquiries for projects welcome)


    Diploma in Physics, Christian-Albrecht-University Kiel, Germany 1992

    Dr.rer.nat (PhD) in Theoretical Physics, Christian-Albrecht-University Kiel, Germany 1999

    Habilitation (Dr.habil.) in Theoretical Physics, Christian-Albrecht-University Kiel, Germany 2006

    Venia legendi (Priv.-Doz.), Christian-Albrecht-University Kiel, Germany 2006 

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    German Physical Society (DPG), elected 2014 and 2017 as chair of the Division of Physics of Socio-Economic Systems (SOE), following a vice-chair period 2012-2014

    PhD Supervision

    I have supervised 2+ PhD, 10+ MSc and 5+ BSc theses, and was involved as external examiner at Chalmers, Humboldt, and Duisburg-Essen universities. Mentoring roles and Graduate School Branch speaker (2011-13) at the University of Lübeck

    Michael Schellenberger Costa: Neural mass models of the sleeping brain, PhD thesis (2016) https://d-nb.info/1136440887/34

    Arne Weigenand: Thalamocortical dynamics and the effects of sensory stimulation during sleep, PhD thesis (2016) https://www.zhb.uni-luebeck.de/epubs/ediss1920.pdf


    Contact Details

    Phone number:  0121 204 4983
    Email:  j.claussen@aston.ac.uk

    Room Number: MB313N


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