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Mon Dec 12 2011

Jobs: Psycholing; Cog Psychology; Formal Semantics: Post Doc, Utrecht U

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        1.     Maaike Schoorlemmer , Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Psychology; Formal Semantics: Post Doc, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Message 1: Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Psychology; Formal Semantics: Post Doc, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Date: 12-Dec-2011
From: Maaike Schoorlemmer <M.Schoorlemmeruu.nl>
Subject: Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Psychology; Formal Semantics: Post Doc, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Utrecht University
Department: Humanities
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.uu.nl/faculty/humanities/nl/Onderzoek/onderzoekinstituten/uilots/Pages/default.aspx
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Cognitive Psychology


Postdoctoral position in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Psychology/Formal
Semantics (1,0 fte) for a five-year research programme 'Between Logic and
Common Sense' funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Research NWO. Supervisor Dr. Yoad Winter. Subject: interaction between
word meanings and sentence meanings. Word meanings are often related
to common sense aspects of semantic concepts, sentence meanings are
derived using logical operators. The program will study how the two
modules interact. Issues: How should formal theories of meaning be
modified in order to incorporate methods and ideas from the study of
common concepts? What psychological evidence exists that supports this
interaction? How can interactions between word meaning and logical
meaning be exploited for automatic treatment of reasoning in natural
language (entailment)? We use methods from formal semantics,
experimental psycholinguistics and machine learning. The programme
comprises two post-doctoral projects and three PhD projects. See below
for a link to the full programme description.


The current opening is for Postdoc project in experimental
psycholinguistics/formal semantics, starting date 1-4-2012 (negotiable). The
project, supervised by Dr. Yoad Winter, develops and runs psycholinguistic
experiments that check the effects of typicality on the interpretation of
logical expressions. 'Relational' concepts show complex typicality effects
that interact with logical meanings. Issues: How can typicality effects with
relational concepts be tested? How can their effects on logical meanings be
tested? In what way are these effects similar to the interpretation of
modification constructions like 'red hair'? The project uses standard
methods from experimental psychology/psycholinguistics, and is informed
by recent development in formal semantic theory. For a detailed project
description: http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/vici/projects.html#2.

Applicants hold a PhD (completed one month prior to employment) in
experimental psycholinguistics or experimental cognitive psychology, as
well as demonstrated capacities as an independent experimental
researcher, in the form of publications. Alternatively the applicant should
hold a PhD in Formal Semantics, with an outstanding track record and
interest in experimental research. Interest in language (and preferably
theoretical linguistics) is mandatory, as well as in mathematical methods in
cognitive science. You should have a basic math/general scientific
background and be able to work in a team.

The successful candidate is offered a 12 month contract as a postdoc with
the possibility of renewal with one year maximum, after evaluation. He/she
will work on the basis of 1.0 FTE (0.8 is an option) receiving a gross
monthly salary in the range between EUR 2,977 and maximum EUR
4,374.- per month on a full-time basis depending on experience and
qualifications. We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per
year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the
Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. Full
programme details available at http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/vici/main.html.
Applications should include a letter of motivation; a curriculum vitae
including contact and personal details; the contact details of two referees
(names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses), preferably:
two reference letters; PhD thesis; one selected publication. Interviews from
February 15 to 17, 2012. Application form to be found on the Utrecht
University website.

Application Deadline: 16-Jan-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.uu.nl/EN/INFORMATIONFOR/JOBSEEKERS/Pages/vacancies.aspx?ref
Contact Information:
dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer
Email: M.Schoorlemmeruu.nl

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