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LINGUIST List 24.4009

Mon Oct 14 2013

Jobs: Pragmatics; Psycholing; Semantics: Post Doc, Uil OTS

Editor for this issue: Sarah Fox <sarahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 14-Oct-2013
From: Maaike Schoorlemmer <M.Schoorlemmeruu.nl>
Subject: Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, Uil OTS, Utrecht, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Uil OTS
Department: Faculty of Humanities
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Web Address: http://ricknouwen.org/rwfn/erc/
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics


Description:

This position is part of a the programme "Restriction and Obviation in Scalar Expressions: The semantics and pragmatics of range markers across and throughout languages”, awarded to Dr. Rick Nouwen by the European Research Council (ERC). This programme investigates the division of labour between semantic and pragmatic mechanisms in creating scalar meanings. In particular, the projects in the programme study the distribution of epistemic as well as free choice inferences triggered by scalar expressions. It aims to derive a linguistically informed theory of the semantic-pragmatics interface.

The programme comprises two Ph.D. projects (already filled) and one postdoc project.

The current opening is for a Postdoc project in experimental semantics and pragmatics, starting date February 1st, 2014 (negotiable). The project, supervised by Dr. Rick Nouwen, develops and runs experiments that aim to identify the division of labour between semantic and pragmatic processes in the emergence of epistemic and free choice inferences from the use of scalar expressions.

The project uses standard methods from experimental (psycho)linguistics, and is informed by recent developments in formal semantic and pragmatic theory.

For background information of the (wider) programme, see the department URL above.

Qualifications:
- Applicants should hold a PhD in linguistics or a related field and should have demonstrated capacities as an experimental researcher
- Experience with formal semantics and pragmatic theory is a further requirement
- A demonstrable ability to work in a team will work in a candidate's favour

Work Conditions:
The successful postdoc candidate is offered a 12 month contract as a postdoc with the possibility of renewal with 2 years maximum, after evaluation. The postdoc will work on the basis of 1.0 FTE (0.8 is an option) and receive a gross monthly (starting) salary in the range between € 3.037.- and maximum € 3.382,- 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.

UIL-OTS features a stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented research environment which offers opportunities for a broad professional development. Possibilities for conference visiting are plentiful. We offer excellent experimental facilities and computational support.

For further information, please contact the programme leader at the UiL OTS, Dr. R.W.F. Nouwen, at the application email address below, or the UiL-OTS research coordinator Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer, at the contact information below.

How to apply?
Applications (via a dedicated university webpage) 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 are sent digitally to both Dr. Nouwen and Dr. Schoorlemmer
- a PhD thesis
- one selected publication

Apply through the Utrecht University vacancy site at the application URL below. Search "academic" + " Humanities", open the relevant ad, scroll to the bottom, and click on the application link.

The deadline for application is November 1, 2013.

The interviews are scheduled from December 1 to December 5, 2013.

Application Deadline: 01-Nov-2013

Email Address for Applications: r.w.f.nouwenuu.nl
Web Address for Applications: http://www.uu.nl/EN/INFORMATIONFOR/JOBSEEKERS/Pages/vacancies.aspx?refer=/EN/informationfor/jobseekers/Pages/vacancies-vaas.aspx
Contact Information:
Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer
Email: M.Schoorlemmeruu.nl
Phone: +31-30-2536183

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