The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) is looking to fill one postdoc position in Language and Computation within the project EXPRESS: From the Expression of Disagreement to New Foundations for Expressivist Semantics.
You will work within the subproject The Emergence of Negation and Epistemic Modality. The overall goal of this subproject is to test using computational techniques the hypotheses for the raison d’être of negation and epistemic modals developed in the New Foundations for Expressivist Semantics subproject. An additional phase of the Emergence of Negation and Epistemic Modality subproject applies the logical framework developed in the Logic of Rejection subproject to improve on extant computational models for the automatic detection of agreement and disagreement. You will work under the supervision of the PI, Luca Incurvati and will collaborate with him and the other team members.
Your work will involve the use of computational techniques, in particular in the form of computer simulation testing hypotheses about the emergence of certain linguistic expressions, and computational dialogue modelling. You have a PhD in computational linguistics or computer science with a strong focus on language, or another related field. Demonstrable expertise in computer simulation and computational modelling of dialogue will be an advantage.
You will be expected to:
carry out research in language and computation, with motivation and applications in philosophy, logic and linguistics;
have regular meetings with the supervisor and take part in all of the project’s activities, including research visits abroad;
- complete at least six research articles (singly authored or co-authored with the PI or other team members), to be published in excellent peer-reviewed journals of computational linguistics, philosophy, or logic;
collaborate with the other project team members;
present intermediate research results (obtained individually or in cooperation with other team members) at international workshops and conferences for linguistic, logic and philosophical audiences;
help out with organizational tasks connected to the project, such as the organization of conferences and workshops and the editing of a collected volume (the list is non-exhaustive);
All postdoctoral researchers embedded within the ILLC are expected, as part of their professional development, to gain teaching experience.
You will be appointed full-time (38 hours per week), starting between 1 February and 31 March 2019. You will be based at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam and your research will be carried out within the ILLC. The appointment is initially for a period of 12 months; contingent on satisfactory performance, it will be extended for up to a further two years, for a total maximum of up to three years. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €3,303 to €3,916 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The salary will be supplemented with an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
You must have completed or nearly completed your PhD degree by the closing date of this call. If the latter is the case, you must provide evidence in the cover letter that you will have obtained your PhD degree before the start of the position..
We will consider only complete applications submitted via this link.