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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student position in Language and Computation, THE NETHERLANDS


Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

PHD FELLOWSHIP AT ILLC (FACULTY OF HUMANITIES)

 	The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) currently has a PhD fellowship 
available at the Faculty of Humanities starting on 1st September 2012. Applications are now invited
from excellent candidates wishing to conduct research in an area in which either the Logic and 
Language group or the Language and Computation group at ILLC are active.

 	The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation 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). For an 
overview of the research being carried out in the different groups, please have a look at 
"Research at ILLC" (see link below). For the research carried out by the individual staff members 
of ILLC, see People at ILLC (see link below) and check their personal webpages.

TASKS:

 	* 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
 	* Participate in the organization of research activities and events at ILLC, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications
 	* Assist in teaching activities of ILLC

Requirements

 	* 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 organizational skills Appointment

 	The PhD candidate will be appointed at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of 
Amsterdam for 4 years under de terms of the 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

 	The salary for the position (on a full-time base) will be ? 2042 during the first year 
(gross per month) and will reach ? 2612 during the fourth year, in accordance with the CAO for 
Dutch universities. 

Application

 	Applications for the PhD position should include a letter of motivation, a CV, a list of 
grades obtained for your Bachelor and Master (or equivalent) programmes, as well as names and 
contact details of two academic referees. Please supply each document separately in .pdf format, 
giving the files self-explanatory names (e.g. CV NAME.pdf). Please also include a writing sample 
(such as your MSc thesis or a term paper), preferably a link to an online version. The letter of 
motivation (max. 2000 words) should outline what kind of research you wish to undertake and why 
you believe the Logic and Language group or the Language and Computation group at ILLC would 
provide the right environment for your PhD studies.

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

 	Completed applications should be submitted by 23.59 hours (CET) on 1st February 2012 to 
Jenny Batson, j.s.batsonuva.nl [http://www.illc.uva.nl/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=4131#] , 
stating your name and "PhD fellowship ILLC FGW" in the subject field. Late or incomplete 
applications will not be accepted. Further Information

 	For further information you may contact the chairman of the selection committee, Prof.dr. Rens Bod.