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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Two PhD student positions in logic, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

2 PhD Fellowships at ILLC
Faculty of Science -- The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation 
(ILLC), Universiteit van Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

     EUR 2.062 to  EUR 2.638 gross per month based on 38 hours per week

Deadline: 12 May 2013

Vacaturenummer: 13-117

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (IllC) is a research 
institute at the University of Amsterdam in which researchers from the 
Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities collaborate. Its 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. Research is organized 
in three research groups: Logic and Computation (LoCo), Logic and Language 
(LoLa) and Language and Computation (LaCo). Check here for an overview of 
the research being carried out in the different groups. For the research 
carried out by the individual staff members of ILLC, see their personal 
pages via People at ILLC.

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) currently has two 
PhD fellowships available at the Faculty of Science starting on 1st 
September 2013. Applications are now invited from excellent candidates 
wishing to conduct research in an area in which members of ILLC scientific 
staff affiliated with the Faculty of Science are active.

Job Description

     Complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment 
duration of four years. 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;
     participate in the organisation of research activities and events at 
ILLC, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
     assist in teaching activities at ILLC.


     A Master's degree with excellent grades in a relevant field, such as 
logic, computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence, 
linguistics, philosophy, musicology or cognitive science;
     good academic writing and presentation skills;
     good social and organisational skills;
     strong interest in a scientific career.

Further Information

For general information, you may also contact the Chair of the Selection 
Committee, Professor M. van Lambalgen.


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years for 
38 hours per week. In the first instance, a contract will be given for 18 
months; if positively evaluated, the contract will be extended for another 
30 months.

On the basis of a full-time appointment, the gross monthly salary will be 
EUR 2.062 during the first year, rising to EUR 2.638 during the fourth 
year, excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year bonus. The 
Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities is 
applicable. Job Application

Applications for the PhD position should include a letter of motivation 
and your CV and, if applicable, a list of grades obtained for your Master 
(or equivalent) programmes, as well as the names and contact details of 
two academic referees. Please note that you may also apply even if you 
have not yet completed your Master's degree.

Please supply this information in a single .pdf format (not zipped), using 
your initials and surname as a file name.

The letter of motivation should be a maximum of 1 page. Please comment on 
why you believe ILLC would provide the right environment for your PhD 
studies: describe the research you plan to do in some detail and how it 
fits the ILLC. Indicate which specific topics you would like to focus on 
in your PhD work, and please also indicate which of the three groups 
(Logic and Computation, Language and Computation, Logic and Language) you 
think would fit you best. Also indicate which members of the ILLC 
scientific staff you see as potential collaborators, supervisors, etc.

You are welcome to contact an appropriate member of the senior scientific 
staff at ILLC to discuss your plans before applying formally.

Completed applications should be submitted by 23.59 hours (CET) on 12 May 
2013 to stating your name, vacancy number and 
"PhD ILLC" in the subject field. Late or incomplete applications will not 
be accepted.

Selection procedure

Please note that the selection committee will make a shortlist of 
candidates from all applications received. The candidates on the shortlist 
will be requested to send additional information by 26 May 2013.  The 
(Skype) interviews are planned for week 23, from 3 to 7 June 2013.