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About us Faculty of Science and Engineering Data Science & Systems Complexity (DSSC) DSSC COFUND programme Programme

Programme description

Today’s world is a highly complex system that is producing massive amounts of data daily. We can only progress towards urgent global priorities such as sustainable energy, personalized healthcare, safety or the creation of the data-driven economy if we can predict and control the dynamic nature of such systems. This challenge calls for an integrated approach that uses data to understand the behaviour of complex systems and for experts who can handle data and complexity problems for society at large.

The DSSC Research Training Programme is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND action developed at the University of Groningen that will train 10 PhD students for 4 years to be part of the next generation of interdisciplinary data and complexity experts. The research areas of the DSSC COFUND Doctoral Programme are: Adaptive Models & Big Data; Complex Systems & Engineering and Advanced Instrumentation & Big Data.

Our 4-year Doctoral Programme offers:

  • a competitive salary co-funded by the DSSC and the European Commission.  
  • a varied course offer in both data and complexity science.
  • training in transferable skills and entrepreneurship to widen career prospects.
  • participation in a network of excellent researchers, innovative businesses in the Netherlands and abroad.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754315.

Last modified:20 February 2019 2.18 p.m.