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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral position (2y) in formal representation of narratives, GERMANY

Universitt Hamburg, Fakultt fr Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften -Postdoctoral position (E13 TV-L; two years) in formal representation of narratives

The University of Hamburg advertises (subject to funding approval) a position as

    post-doc research associate
    (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in in einem post-doc-Arbeitsverhltnis)

salary group 13 TV-L; with a starting date of 1 October 2011. This is a full-time position 
(39 hours per week) of 24 months duration (see also  2 of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). 
The university intends to increase the number of women amongst its academic personnel and expressly
encourages qualified women to apply. In compliance with the Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, 
preference will be given to qualified female applicants.

Responsibilities: A research associate's duties include academic service for the project "What 
Makes Stories Similar: A structural logic-based approach to narratives" funded by the John 
Templeton Foundation (principal investigator: Prof. Dr. B. Lwe).

Area(s) of Responsibility: The successful candidate will study, develop and compare formal 
representations of narra-tives. Development includes both mathematical formalization and practical 
implementation (in the form of software). Comparison involves mathematical studies as well as 
empirical studies. There are two student assistants funded by the project that will have to be 
supervised by the successful candidate. Presentation of results at international conferences as 
well as writing scientific publications and technical documentation is amongst the duties of the 
successful candidate. Close collaboration with a related research group at the Universiteit van 
Amsterdam is expected.

Requirements: Academic degree in a relevant academic subject area (e.g., mathematical logic, 
theoretical computer science, artificial intelligence or others) plus doctoral degree. It is 
expected that the candidate has mathematical maturity and some experience in programming. A 
background in one or more of the following areas will be considered an asset: philosophy of science,
com-putational linguistics, and empirical testing of theoretical models. Preference will be given 
to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.

Application dossiers (application letter, curriculum vitae, degree certificate(s), etc.) are to be 
submitted to Prof. Dr. B. Lwe preferably by e-mail (, or alternatively 
by regular mail to Prof. Dr. B. Lwe, c/o Astrid Drhfer, Fachbereich Mathematik, Universitt 
Hamburg, Bundesstrae 55, 20146 Hamburg, Germany by 21 August 2011. Please do not submit any 
originals. For more information please contact Professor Lwe (see above for e-mail).