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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student position in Logical and Communicative aspects of Iconicity, Helsinki, FINLAND

Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Faculty of 
Arts, University of Helsinki invites applications for


in the Academy of Finland funded project DiaMind: Logical and 
Communicative Aspects of Iconicity led by Prof. Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen. 
The length of the doctoral student position is 36 months, beginning on 
January 1, 2014.

Description of the DiaMind project

The project DiaMind: Logical and Communicative aspects of Iconicity (PI 
Prof. A.-V. Pietarinen), funded by the Academy of Finland for until 2017, 
investigates the logic of the future and emerging forms of thought and 
communication. It seeks to ground scientific and technological discovery 
and invention on diagrammatic and iconic notions and practices of 
representation. The project aims at bridging the gap between meaning and 
expression, thought and language, and metaphor and imagination, by a close 
investigation of the nature of such diagrammatic and iconic notions.

The relevant background studies and eligible research projects should fall 
within, among others, philosophy of mind, science, logic and language, 
diagrammatic logics and mental models, pragmatism, Peirce, cognitive and 
communication sciences, semiotics, semantics and pragmatics.

The project cooperates with several units and research teams in Finland 
and abroad, including the Peirce Research Centre and the Metaphysical Club 
at Helsinki, The Nordic and European Pragmatism Network, and the 
Universities of Aarhus, Tallinn, Harvard, Indiana, KAIST and Zhejiang.

Duties and eligibility of a doctoral student

The duties of a doctoral student consist of working on his or her own 
doctoral thesis and completing his or her postgraduate studies. The duties 
also include modest teaching and other research-related tasks.

A doctoral student applying for this position must hold a second-cycle 
degree and have an approved research proposal falling under the themes of 
the DiaMind project. Excellent research collaboration and organizational 
skills are required. Other requirements include the ability and 
motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to 
pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study 
plan and research proposal. The appointee must hold the right to pursue 
doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki by the time the appointment 
begins. The deadline for applications for pursuing doctoral studies at the 
University of Helsinki is 31 October 2013. (The registry closes at 15.45 
local time.)

For details of the application for the right of study, see

For more information on the eligible research, see
Pietarinen.pdf or contact

The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and
work experience. At the beginning of the employment period doctoral
student?s salary may range from ?2141 to ?2231 gross per month, for full-
time work in Finland. The appointments start with a probationary period of
four months.

Application period and submission of applications

To apply for the doctoral student position in the DiaMind project, send an
application letter with a short doctoral research plan, CV, and a writing
sample (as a single PDF file) as well as arrange two confidential letters of
reference to be sent directly, to Prof. Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (ahti-, by 21 October 2013 at 16:00 (Finnish local
time, + 2 GMT).