LINGUIST List 32.3114

Mon Oct 04 2021

Jobs: Cognitive Science; Semantics; Typology: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Edinburgh

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 03-Oct-2021
From: Wataru Uegaki <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Semantics; Typology: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Edinburgh
Department: School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences
Job Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral researcher

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Semantics; Typology


We are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher (28 months; full-time) with expertise in semantics and/or evolutionary linguistics to contribute to the project “Logic in semantic universals” (, funded by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (PI: Wataru Uegaki). The goal of the project is to uncover what core properties of human language semantic universals in logical vocabularies (including connectives, quantifiers, modals and clause-embedding predicates) are rooted in. To this end, the project will pursue an integrated approach that combines insights from formal semantics and evolutionary linguistics, building on a wide-scale cross-linguistic data collection. As a member of the project, the post-holder will contribute to data collection and theory construction, in collaboration with the PI and another research assistant.

The post is for a 28-month fixed term. The position is available as of January 2022, but appointment at a later time can be negotiated. We endeavour to give candidates two weeks’ notice ahead of interviews.

A copy of the full job description can be found here:

Your skills and attributes for success:
- A track record of high-quality research outputs such as journal publications and presentations at international conferences.
- Demonstrable experience with gathering and analysing cross-linguistic semantic data.
- Up-to-date knowledge of areas of semantic theory relevant to the project aims.
- A track record of peer-reviewed publications in areas relevant to the project.
- Experience with semantic fieldwork or experimental/modelling-based semantic research.

The successful candidate will be a member of the PI Uegaki's research group and the vibrant research community in the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences. As a valued member of our team, you can expect an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

PPLS welcomes applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the department, including, but not limited to, women and ethnic minorities.

Note that the application deadline is 29 October at **17:00 UK time**.

In addition to a full CV, please submit a 1-page cover letter that explains your motivation for applying for this position, contact details for three referees, and two sample publications, such as a journal article, thesis chapter, or proceedings paper along with your application via the application link below.

Application Deadline: 29-Oct-2021

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Wataru Uegaki

Page Updated: 04-Oct-2021