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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral position in formal representation of narratives, Hamburg, GERMANY

The University of Hamburg advertises 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 April 2012.

This is a full-time position (39 hours per week) The short-term contract will end after 19,5 months (see also  2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (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.


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 super-vised 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 

Close collaboration with a related research group at the Universiteit van Amsterdam is expected.


Academic degree in a relevant academic subject area (e.g., mathematical logic, theoretical 
computer science, artificial intelligence, theoretical linguistics or others) plus doctoral degree.

It is expected that the candidate has mathematical maturity and some experience in pro-gramming. A 
background in one or more of the following areas will be considered an asset: philosophy of science,
computational linguistics,narratology 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, not later than February,24, 2012. Please do not 
submit any originals. For more information please contact Professor Lwe (see above for e-mail).