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Jobs: Semantics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Konstanz

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Date: 07-Aug-2020
From: Regine Eckardt <>
Subject: Semantics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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University or Organization: University of Konstanz
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics


We offer a Post-Doctoral Position in Linguistics at the University of Konstanz, Germany (f/m/d; full-time, scale E 13 TV-L, Reference 2020/151)

The start date is October 1st, 2020 or by agreement. The positions is available for one year each. It is part of an interdisciplinary research group in linguistics & philosophy, and complemented by a matching position in philosophy.

Deadline for applications: 20 September 2020

The Research Initiative "Universal preferences for natural concepts" investigates how, out of the logical space of possible concepts, human cognition selects some concepts as ‘natural’ and dismisses others are ‘unnatural’. We approach this question from three different disciplines: Philosophy, where a long discussion on natural kinds and on abstraction has spawned interest in natural concepts; Linguistics, where important semantic universals and their spectrum of variation have been studied in language typology and in language acquisition; and Artificial Intelligence, where neural networks and deep learning algorithms offer a point of comparison between concepts in human vs. artificial agents.

For further details, see

Your Responsibilities:
- Conducting original research on concepts in the context
of the project
- Publishing research results
- Presenting project results at workshops and conferences
- Assistance for visitors at the project
- Organization of workshops

Focus of the Position:
- Semantic universals and their implications for Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Your Competencies:
- A completed university degree in a relevant field
- A strong PhD in a relevant field (the PhD must be completed to start the position)
- Publishing experience will be of advantage
- Strong communication skills
- Fluency in English
- An interest in interdisciplinary research

We Offer:
- An open, motivated research group connecting Linguistics and Theoretical Philosophy with interdisciplinary interests in an international network
- Opportunities for further collaboration with groups in linguistics or philosophy
- The possibility to expand your research CV
- The possibility to teach
- A great environment

Please see the University of Konstanz job portal for more details and the online application form, which is provided at the application link provided below.

Application Deadline: 20-Sep-2020 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Regine Eckardt

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