LINGUIST List 24.1296

Fri Mar 15 2013

Jobs: Cognitive Sci; Comp Ling; Lang Acq; Neuroling: Post Doc, Dutch Research Consortium ''Language in Interaction''

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Date: 15-Mar-2013
From: Tildie Stijns <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics: Post Doc, Dutch Research Consortium ''Language in Interaction'', Netherlands, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Dutch Research Consortium "Language in Interaction" Job Location: Netherlands, Netherlands Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics


We are looking for highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. This research consortium sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO) brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. Our consortium counts four Spinoza Prize winners, three ERC Advanced Grant winners, 17 VICI/Pioneer grant holders and numerous VIDIs and ERC starting grants. The proposal has representatives from eight universities and one research institute within the Netherlands.

The consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world. In addition to the excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, the research team consists of researchers with excellence in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. Moreover, experts in utilization of knowledge acquired in the relevant fields are part of our team as well. Next to the applicant and the co-applicants, our research team consists of 36 Principal Investigators. These Principal Investigators are distributed over seven so-called Work Packages (WPs).

Each of the 7 WPs offers one postdoctoral position. This postdoctoral position will be for three years in the first instance, with a possible extension for two more years. Duties will include coordination of Work Package activities (together with the WP leaders) and development of an independent research programme within the framework of the WP, and may include supervision of PhD students. The position provides the opportunity for doing world-class research as a key member of an interdisciplinary team, and for acquiring experience in the management of a research group.

Requirements for the postdoctoral positions are:
- a PhD in any relevant field
- excellent scientific track record
- excellent organizational and communicative skills
- strong motivation
- excellent skills in written and spoken English

The WP postdoctoral position are listed below:
- WP 1: Speech perception and production in interaction
- WP 2: Semantic and conceptual basis of language
- WP 3: Compositionality and contextuality
- WP 4: Language in action
- WP 5: Language evolution and diversity
- WP 6: Toolkit
- WP 7: Utilization

Each WP postdoctoral position has its own requirements and profile, which are specified at the application website address below. The appointment will be in one of the home institutions of the consortium, depending on the research profile of the postdoctoral researcher. In all participating institutions the research is conducted in an international environment by researchers from a large number of countries.

What we offer:
- full-time postdoctoral research positions;- salary dependent on experience, between €3,227 and € 4.778 per month ;
- starting date preferably September 2013;- the primary workplace will be determined in agreement with your profile.

Applications should include:
- a cover letter specifying the specific WP to which you apply, your motivation, research experience, interests and plans;
- a curriculum vitae;- a list of publications;- the names of two persons who can provide references.

The deadline for applications: May 15, 2013

For more information visit the application website address below.

Application Deadline: 15-May-2013 Email Address for Applications: Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Tildie Stijns Email:

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