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PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Language and Experimental Linguistics

Are you fascinated by how we use language? Then join this new research project as a PhD Candidate. You will aim to understand commitments in communication, …

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Houtlaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
€ 2434 - € 3111 per maand


Are you fascinated by how we use language? Then join this new research project as a PhD Candidate. You will aim to understand commitments in communication, combining linguistic experiments with theoretical discourse analysis.

By speaking we undertake commitments, obligations to others to act in certain ways. We do this both by performing speech acts and by choosing certain vocabulary. Within linguistics the notion of commitments has popped up in accounts of a wide range of phenomena (ranging from promises to rising declaratives, and from evidentiality markers to transparent free relatives). In our society, issues about commitment come up in the media and even in court rooms.

Despite the central place of commitment in both our language make-up and our society, a true understanding of how we undertake, attribute and avoid commitments through language use is lacking. This understanding is what this project aims to contribute to.

You will perform a series of experiments in which we measure the commitments that discourse participants undertake, as interpreted by the participants of the experiment. We measure this through both explicit and implicit judgments. For the latter, we use inter alia physiological measures such as fEMG. Combined with theoretical discourse analysis (as done in the fields of semantics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, conversational analysis and dialogue modelling), the series of experiments will result in four journal papers, to be integrated into a dissertation.

Teaching related tasks may be part of your responsibilities, constituting up to 10% of your appointment.


  • You have an MA or MSc in philosophy, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology or a related field.
  • You have proven affinity with philosophy of language and/or linguistics.
  • You are proficient in English.
  • You are highly motivated to conduct interdisciplinary research and to present your work to different kinds of audiences.
  • You have good collaborative and communication skills.
  • You are committed to open science and scientific integrity.
  • Proven affinity with experimental research with human participants and experience with quantitative data analysis techniques would be a plus.
  • Given that the experiments will probably be run in Dutch, proficiency in Dutch would be a plus.


  • Employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,434 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,111 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Additional employment conditions Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Additional information

For questions about the position and project, please contact Corien Bary, Professor Logical Semantics at corien.bary@ru.nl.


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