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Support Announcement:

Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Semantics Logic
Application Deadline: 15-Nov-2012
Supporting Institution: Tilburg University
TiLPS / Department of Philosophy
LL Issue: 23.4257
Posted: 12-Oct-2012
Support Description: PhD Student in Logical and Computational Models of Moral Reasoning

The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) and the
Tilburg Department of Philosophy invite applications for a PhD
position in logical and computational models of moral reasoning.
Individuals are encouraged to apply who have an interest in logical
and computational theories of ordinary reasoning, in linguistic
semantics, and in formal ethics.

The Job:
In recent years there has been a remarkable convergence between 1) the
modal logic of graded modalities, as exemplified by David Lewis' early
work on counterfactuals, 2) the linguistic semantics of modal verbs,
including /should/ and /ought/, as exemplified by Angelika Kratzer's
work, and 3) recent work on contextualist ethics (Janice Dowell,
Stephen Finlay, Gunnar Björnsson and others). The PhD student will
work in this general area and will focus on the definition of a set of
tableau rules for moral reasoning. There will be close collaboration
with researchers working in the NWO funded program 'Towards Logics
that Model Natural Reasoning' led by Reinhard Muskens (see, but also with the Tilburg Ethics
Research Group led by Alan Thomas (see The selected candidate is
expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract.

Your Profile:
- You have a Master's degree in linguistics, logic, artificial
intelligence, formal ethics, or a related field.
- You have excellent writing skills and a good command of English.
- You have proven research abilities and formal skills.
- You look forward to working in an interdisciplinary research team.
- You have experience in logic and in formal semantics or in
computational semantics in the logical tradition.
- You are strongly motivated to complete a PhD thesis within four

Employment Terms and Conditions:
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering
excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of
Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will start with a
contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive
outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an
employment contract for the remaining three years. The PhD candidate
will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a
PhD-student (promovendus) with a starting salary of E 2.042.-- gross
per month in the first year, up to E 2.612.-- in the fourth year
(amounts fulltime). Candidates from outside the Netherlands may
qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary.
The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The
Faculty will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The
university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best
non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for
terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of
moving expenses.

Information and Application:
For more information, please contact Dr Reinhard Muskens,
r.a.muskens Linguist List or Prof. Alan Thomas, alanpthomas Linguist List (but do
/not/ send them your application).

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter, a curriculum
vitae, a two-page research proposal, and the names of two references.
You are also invited to include a sample of your writing if one is
available in English, French, German or Dutch. The application
deadline is November 15, 2012.

In order to apply, please go to and click one of the
links at the page bottom.
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Reinhard Muskens