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Level: PhD
Duty: Research
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science Semantics, Anthropological Linguistics
Application Deadline: 29-Mar-2013
Supporting Institution: Radboud University Nijmegen
Center for Language Studies
LL Issue: 24.769
Posted: 12-Feb-2013
Support Description: PhD Candidate for Olfactory Language: Expert Smellers and Novices Responsibilities You will participate in the project Human Olfaction at the Intersection of Language, Culture and Biology funded by a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Philosophers, biologists and anthropologists alike have claimed that humans are limited in their sense of olfaction: olfactory experiences seem to be “ineffable”, difficult or even impossible to put into words. But there is recent evidence from non-Western societies and expert populations that challenges this view. Within this project, a team of researchers will investigate olfactory language and cognition in different cultural settings and among including expert smellers such as wine and coffee experts. You will study the language of expert smellers and compare this to the language of smells used by novices. You will also study olfactory memory and imagery of the two groups. You are expected to be an active member of the project team. You will publish peer-reviewed articles, culminating in a PhD dissertation and you will also present your results at conferences and workshops. What we expect from you You should: • hold a Research Master’s degree in Linguistics, Communication Sciences, Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Sensory Science or equivalent; • excel academically, as evidenced by grade transcripts and curriculum vitae; • have knowledge of experimental methods and statistics; • have an excellent command of spoken and written English; • have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research; • have a strong interest in cross-cultural comparison; • be able to review scientific literature critically; • be able to solve problems creatively; • have excellent organizational and social skills; • have the ability and interest to work in a team; • wish to pursue an academic career. What we have to offer We offer you: - employment: 1,0 fte; - a maximum gross monthly salary of € 2,612 based on a 38-hour working week; - in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus; - the gross starting salary is €2,042 per month, based on a 38-hour working week; - duration of the contract: 18 months with the possibility of extension by 2.5 years; - you will be classified as a PhD student (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO). Other Information You must be able to begin work by September 1st 2013. Would you like to know more? Further information on: Faculty of Arts (http://www.ru.nl/letteren/) Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions (http://www.ru.nl/english/arbeidsvoorwaarden)? Prof. Dr. Asifa Majid E-mail: asifa.majid Linguist List let.ru.nl Applications Are you interested? To apply for this position, please send the following documents in English in PDF format: A motivation letter curriculum vitae and proof of your Master’s degree, including grade transcripts. If you have not yet completed your degree by the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor confirming the expected date of completion, an academic writing sample in English (e.g. journal article, Master’s thesis) and two letters of recommendation. It is Radboud University Nijmegen's policy to only accept applications by e-mail. Please send your application, stating vacancy number 23.02.13 , to vacatures Linguist List let.ru.nl, for the attention of drs. L.J.P.M. van Mosseveld, before 29 March 2013. For more information on the application procedure: +31 24 3612916
Application Mailing Address: drs. L.J.P.M. van Mosseveld Erasmusplein 1 Nijmegen 6525 HT Netherlands
Contact Information: Prof. Asifa Majid asifa.majid@let.ru.nl