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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student position in logical and computational models of moral reasoning, Tilburg, THE NETHERLANDS

The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) and the Tilburg Department of 
Philosophy invite applications for a PhD position in logical and computational models of moral 
reasoning. Individuals are encouraged to apply who have an interest in logical and computational 
theories of ordinary reasoning, in linguistic semantics, and in formal ethics.

*The job*
In recent years there has been a remarkable convergence between 1) the modal logic of graded 
modalities, as exemplified by David Lewis' early work on counterfactuals, 2) the linguistic 
semantics of modal verbs, including /should/ and /ought/, as exemplified by Angelika Kratzer's 
work, and 3) recent work on contextualist ethics (Janice Dowell, Stephen Finlay, Gunnar Bjrnsson 
and others). The PhD student will work in this general area and will focus on the definition of a 
set of tableau rules for moral reasoning. There will be close collaboration with researchers 
working in the NWO funded program "Towards Logics that Model Natural Reasoning" led by Reinhard 
Muskens (see, but also with the Tilburg Ethics Research Group led 
by Alan Thomas (see The selected candidate is expected to 
have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract.

*Your profile*
- You have a Master's degree in linguistics, logic, artificial
   intelligence, formal ethics, or a related field.
- You have excellent writing skills and a good command of English.
- You have proven research abilities and formal skills.
- You look forward to working in an interdisciplinary research team.
- You have experience in logic and in formal semantics or in
   computational semantics in the logical tradition.
- You are strongly motivated to complete a PhD thesis within four

*Employment terms and conditions*
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering excellent terms of employment. 
The collective labour agreement of Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will start 
with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year
evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years. 
The PhD candidate will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a PhD-student 
(promovendus) with a starting salary of E 2.042.-- gross per month in the first year, up to 
E 2.612.-- in the fourth year (amounts fulltime). Candidates from outside the Netherlands may 
qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply 
for such an allowance on their behalf. The Faculty will provide assistance in finding suitable 
accommodation. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit 
employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment 
and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses.

The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science is devoted to the study of logic and 
philosophy of science in all its forms. Researchers working at TiLPS have a particular interest 
in using formal methods, such as logic, game theory, decision theory, and the like, to fields that 
are of relevance to /people/, such as human reasoning, human decision making, human language and 
human deliberation. This also results in a strong interest in the philosophical problems of 
economics and the social and behavioural sciences. The Center supports a full calendar of events, 
including regular research seminars, workshops, conferences and a lecture series, and is involved 
in the teaching of graduate students. The Center maintains relations and sponsors programs with 
other units at Tilburg University, including the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Economics
and Business Administration and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

*Information and Application*
For more information, please contact Dr Reinhard Muskens, or Prof. Alan Thomas, (but do /not/ send them your application).

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a two-page research 
proposal, and the names of two references. You are also invited to include a sample of your writing
if one is available in English, French, German or Dutch. The application deadline is 
November 15, 2012.

In order to apply, please go to and click one of the links at the page bottom.

*Recruitment Code*
Tilburg University applies the recruitment code of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management 
& Organisation Development (NVP).

The text of this vacancy advertisement is copyright-protected property of Tilburg University. Use, 
distribution and further disclosure of the advertisement without express permission from Tilburg 
University is not allowed, and this applies explicitly to use by recruitment and selection agencies
which do not act directly on the instructions of Tilburg University. Responses resulting from 
recruitment by non-contractors of Tilburg Universities will not be handled.