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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD position in logic, brain and cognition, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) currently has
a PhD fellowship available, appointment starting on 1 April 2013.
Applications are now invited from excellent candidates wishing to
conduct interdisciplinary research in the Brain & Cognition priority
area of UvA. The successful candidate is expected to write a
dissertation in logic, computer science and/or cognitive science,
using theoretical tools to model cognitive phenomena. The possible
topics include, but are not restricted to, computational cognitive
modelling of language, applying logic and complexity in cognitive
science, social cognition and modelling working memory.

ILLC's central research area is the study of fundamental principles of
encoding, transmission and comprehension of information. Research at ILLC
is interdisciplinary, and aims at bringing together insights from various
disciplines concerned with information and information processing, such as
logic, mathematics, computer science, linguistics, cognitive science,
artificial intelligence, musicology and philosophy. For the research
carried out by the individual staff members of ILLC, see People at ILLC and
check their personal webpages.

Brain & Cognition - UvA research priority area

Research in the area of cognition is very well represented within several
faculties of the University of Amsterdam in research teams that include
psychologists, neurobiologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, behavioral
economists, logicians, and linguists. They study cognition at the level of
the neurons and neural systems involved, as well as at the level of the
regulation of behavior, the theoretical modelling of behavior, and
cognitive disorders. The ILLC participates in the research priority area
Brain & Cognition with its research program on Cognitive Modelling.

Job Description

Complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration
(see text below).
Regularly present intermediate research results at international workshops
and conferences, and publish them in proceedings and journals.
Collaborate with the researchers in other relevant parts of ILLC and Brain
& Cognition research area.
Participate in the organization of research activities and events at ILLC,
such as conferences, workshops and joint publications.


A Master's degree with excellent grades in a relevant field, such as logic,
computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence, linguistics,
philosophy, or cognitive science.
Good academic writing and presentation skills.
Good social and organizational skills.

Further Information

You are welcome to contact Dr. Jakub Szymanik to discuss your plans ahead
of applying formally.


The PhD candidate will be appointed at the Faculty of Humanities at
University of Amsterdam. The appointment is for 4 years for 0,8 fte (also
possible: 3 years and 3 months 1,0 fte) under the terms of employment
currently valid for the Faculty. In the first instance, a contract will be
given for 16 months, with an extension for the following 32 months on the
basis of a positive evaluation. Starting date of the contract will be April
1st 2013.

The salary for the position (on a full-time base) will be  2.042 during
the first year (gross per month) and will reach  2.612 during the fourth
year, in accordance with the CAO for Dutch universities.

Job Application

Applications for the PhD position should include:

a research proposal;
a letter of motivation;
an up-to-date CV;
a list of grades obtained for your Bachelor and Master (or equivalent)
names and contact details of two academic referees;
a writing sample, e.g. a paper you have published, MSc thesis or a term

The research proposal should outline what kind of research you wish to
undertake and why you believe the Brain & Cognition priority area within
ILLC would provide the right environment for your PhD studies.

Applications should be submitted electronically stating the job vacancy
number in the subject field via:
Completed applications should be submitted by 23.59 hours (CET) on February
15th 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Selected
candidates will be invited for the interviews in the first week of March.

Institute of Logic, Language and Computation
Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 107
P.O. Box 94242
1098 XG Amsterdam
The Netherlands