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LINGUIST List 21.1903

Wed Apr 21 2010

Jobs: Formal Semantics: PhD or Post Doc, Utrecht University

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        1.    Yvonne van Adrichem, Formal Semantics: PhD or Post Doc, Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands

Message 1: Formal Semantics: PhD or Post Doc, Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands
Date: 19-Apr-2010
From: Yvonne van Adrichem <uil-otsuu.nl>
Subject: Formal Semantics: PhD or Post Doc, Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities
Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS)
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.uu.nl/EN/faculties/Humanities/research/researchinstitutes/uilots/Pages/default.aspx
Job Rank: PhD or Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Formal Semantics


Description:

2 PhD researchers or Post docs in Formal Semantics (1 fte each)
The current opening is for:

PhD/post doc project 1 (vacancy no 681019-A) starting date 1-10-2010
(negotiable, post doc between 1 Oct 2010 and 1 Feb 2011):

The project investigates logical meanings of expressions like 'each other'
or 'mutually'. Such 'reciprocal' expressions are affected in interesting
way by common sense meanings of words they combine with, as in 'wash each
other' or 'mutually praise'. Two issues are addressed:
- What is the range of logical meanings that are affected by common sense
knowledge?
- How should a formal theory of meaning explain the way people compute
such effects?
The project combines methods from formal semantics and cognitive
psychology, especially Prototype Theory.

For a more detailed project description:
http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/vici/projects.html#1

PhD/post doc project 2 (vacancy no 681019-B)) starting date 1-10-2010
(negotiable, post doc between 1 Oct 2010 and 1 Feb 2011):
The project investigates meanings of expressions like 'near' or 'contain',
pertaining to relations in the physical space. Such 'spatial' expressions
partake in interesting ways in determining logical meanings of expressions
like 'near/far from a gas station', or `above/between clouds'. Two issues
are addressed:

- What is the range of spatial meanings that affect logical interpretation
in this way?
- How should a formal theory of meaning explain the way people compute
such effects?
The project uses methods from formal semantics, together with methods from
conceptual semantics.

For a more detailed project description:
http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad/vici/projects.html#3
Applicants for a post doc employment hold a PhD (completed at least one
month prior to employment), as well as demonstrated capacities as an
independent researcher, in the form of publications. You have a PhD in in
formal semantics of natural language.

Applicants for a PhD position have a MA/MSc in in theoretical linguistics,
(project 1, vacancy no 681019-A, also cognitive science) or one of the
exact sciences. Candidates expecting to graduate by 1 September 2010 can
also apply.
The full programme description is 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

In addition, PhD applicants should include
- transcripts of academic results
- an MA thesis or (if the thesis is not available yet) some alternative
piece of written work

In addition, post doc applicants should include:
- PhD thesis
- one selected publication

E-mail applications (preferred) should be sent in pdf or doc format to
Humanitiesjobs.gwuu.nl and should specify the applicant's name and the
vacancy number 681019-A or B in the message as well as in the topic,
include a list of attachments in the message, and specify the applicant's
name in each attachment's title.

Written applications should be sent to the Personnel Department at the
address below. Please refer to the vacancy number 681019-A or B as well as
to the website where you found this advertisement.

Interviews are planned on June 11, 2010.

Application Deadline: 05-May-2010
Mailing Address for Applications:
P&O Department
Kromme Nieuwegracht 46
Utrecht 3512 HJ
Netherlands
Email Address for Applications: Humanitiesjobs.gwuu.nl
Contact Information:
Dr. Maaike Schoorlemmer
Email: m.schoorlemmeruu.nl
Phone: 0031302536183

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