LINGUIST List 24.1357

Wed Mar 20 2013

Support: Cognitive Science, General Linguistics: PhD Student, Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics, Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 20-Mar-2013
From: Mariette Bonenkamp <>
Subject: Cognitive Science, General Linguistics: PhD Student, Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics, Netherlands
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Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics

In the LOT graduate school, eight major research institutes/groups of linguistics in the Netherlands have joined forces. LOT collaborates with the universities of Leuven and Ghent in Belgium. We are looking for four talented and dedicated young researchers with a MA degree (or a MA thesis nearing completion, expected graduation by the summer of 2013) in any branch of linguistics, discourse studies or another related and relevant field. Applicants should speak and write fluent English.

We offer a full-time (AiO) PhD position with a gross monthly salary starting at € 2.083,- in the first year to € 2.664,- in the fourth year of appointment. The successful candidates will be offered an initial contract as a PhD student for 18 months, preferred starting date September 1st, 2013. Upon positive evaluation of the PhD students’ performance the contract will be extended by up to 2,5 years. We also offer a pension scheme, a health insurance allowance and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities and are supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% per year.

The PhD student can be affiliated to any institute participating in LOT.

These positions are part of the LOT joint graduate programme, which is financially supported by NWO (the “Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research”). Research in LOT focuses on the following issue: “What are the cognitive faculties underlying human language in structure and use, and what principles govern their interaction in a communicative setting?”

The PhD positions further involve research training. As part of their training, PhD students will take courses offered by LOT

Applications should include a 3-5 p project proposal consisting of a research question well-grounded in existing literature, supplemented with a research strategy, provisional plan and bibliography, a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details, transcripts of academic results, an MA thesis or alternative piece of written work, certified copies of most recent diploma and passport, and the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers or e-mail addresses). Preferably, reference letters are included.

Applications that do not include a research proposal will not be taken into consideration. Candidates are free to come up with their own research topic, but they are strongly advised to visit the LOT website and explicitly target their proposal at one or more of the local research groups. Please find application form on the Utrecht University website:

The first round of interviews will be conducted during the first or second week of May, either in person or by telephone.

Applications Deadline: 15-Apr-2013

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         LOT coordinator Dr Nina Versteeg Phone:31-30-253 6081

Page Updated: 20-Mar-2013