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Open Positions at ILLC

  • (New) PhD candidate in Semantics, Pragmatics and Cognition

    The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam is looking for a highly motivated, creative and talented PhD candidate to enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.

    The PhD position is part of the larger Dutch NWO Gravitation consortium 'Language in Interaction'. This research consortium brings together researchers from nine different research institutions in the Netherlands, with complementary expertise in a highly interdisciplinary area of research. This project will involve collaborative work to be carried out at the Institute of Logic, Language, and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam (Prof. Van Rooij) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University (Prof. H. Schriefers). The position will be embedded in the ILLC. Both involved institutes offer an international research.

    Application deadline: 1 February 2015. For more information, see http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/working-at-the-uva/vacancies/item/14-415.html.

Open Positions, General

  • Two Fixed-Term Lectureships, University of Reading

    The Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK, seeks to appoint two fixed-term (three-year), full-time lecturers, from January 2015 to December 2017.

    One will be a lecturer in non-Western Philosophy, the other a lecturer in Moral Philosophy (although what they each teach for us may not be limited to these areas). The successful applicants will each have a PhD in philosophy or a closely related discipline. In each case s/he will be able to provide high quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    The closing date for applications is Sunday November 2nd, 2014. For more information, see http://www.illc.uva.nl/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=5976, http://www.reading.ac.uk/jobs/4485257pCL (Lecturer in Moral Philosophy link) or http://www.reading.ac.uk/jobs/3132657pCL (Lecturer in Non-Western Philosophy link).

  • Assistant Professor of Game Theory / Operations Research / Social Choice Theory

    Location: Maastricht University

    The Mathematical Economics and Operations Research Group at the Department of Quantitative Economics has a strong research orientation and record in the fields of game theory, mechanism design and social choice theory, including algorithmic and computational aspects. The applicant will be appointed as a tenure track assistant professor and contribute to research and teaching within the overlapping areas of game theory, operations research, and social choice theory. Teaching concerns courses in economics, economic theory, and operations research. Research falls under the program Economic Theory, Behavior and Computation.

    Application deadline: 7 November 2014. For more information, see https://www.academictransfer.com/24947/.

  • Schlumberger Foundation "Faculty for the Future" 2015-2016 Fellowships

    The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2015–2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships from September 10th to November 14th, 2014.

    The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide.

    The long-term goal of the program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in STEM disciplines thus contributing to the socio-economic development of their home countries and regions. The program is growing each year and has become a community of 405 women scientists and technologists from 68 countries. Grant recipients are selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents. Ultimately they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach and to become inspirational role models for other young women, especially in the STEM fields.

    For more information, see http://www.facultyforthefuture.net/ and http://www.foundation.slb.com/.

  • 2 PhD Positions in Philosophy of Mind (especially Philosophy of Perception at University of Antwerp

    Applications are invited for three fully and (for US and UK standards) very generously paid PhD studentships in philosophy at the University of Antwerp. The PhD student will be part of Bence Nanay's research group and will be supervised by Professor Nanay. The PhD in Belgium normally takes four years and PhD students are public employees with very generous benefits. Antwerp is commutable from a number of European cities, including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Cologne. All research and communication is conducted in English.

    Deadline: November 9. Starting date of the position: Winter/Spring/Summer 2015 (negotiable). For more information, see http://uahost.uantwerpen.be/bence.nanay/paw.htm.

  • Postdoc and Student Positions in post-quantum cryptography and quantum algorithms, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    The NSERC CREATE Training Program in Building a Workforce for the Cryptographic Infrastructure of the 21st Century (CryptoWorks21) is a supplementary program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to develop next-generation cryptographic tools.

    The Postdoctoral and Graduate Programs are now accepting applications for January 2015. For more information, see https://cryptoworks21.uwaterloo.ca/apply/.

    Graduate student applicants should also apply at one of the relevant graduate programs at the University of Waterloo (https://uwaterloo.ca/discover-graduate-studies/ready-apply/application-process/).

  • Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

    Utrecht University is looking for a full professor of Theoretical Philosophy as from September 1, 2015. The chair of Theoretical Philosophy is one of the core chairs in philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and is an important point of contact within Utrecht University for questions regarding the foundations of mathematics and philosophy of science. The professor is to play a key role in structuring the profile of research and education in Theoretical Philosophy. Where research is concerned he/she will focus on one of the sub- sections of Theoretical Philosophy, i.e. metaphysics, philosophy of science, epistemology or logic.

    The application deadline is 05/01/2015. For more information, see http://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/

  • 2015 Software Engineering Internships at Google

    Internships at Google are full time paid positions, take place year-round and have a minimum duration of three months. If you are interested in an internship at Google in 2015 you should apply online as soon as possible.

    Who can apply: BSc/MSc/PhD students in Computer Science or a related technical field. You must be returning to university after the internship is complete, which means you won't be able to do an internship after you graduate.

    Where can you intern: We're hiring interns at our headquarters in Silicon Valley (we support visa and relocation!) as well as throughout our offices in Europe.

    For more information, see http://www.google.com/about/careers/lifeatgoogle/hiringprocess and https://www.google.com/about/careers/.

  • 2015 Software Engineer New Graduate role at Google

    If you graduated in 2014 or are preparing to graduate in 2015 you can apply to join Google as a full-time Software Engineer. We have open roles at our Mountain View headquarters http://www.google.com/about/careers/locations/mountain-view/ in Silicon Valley, with additional roles available throughout our offices in Europe including London and Zurich.

    Who can apply: Bachelor, Master or PhD in Computer Science or a related technical field.

    For more information, see How to apply: https://www.google.com/about/careers/

  • Post-doctoral fellowships in mathematics and/or computer science

    The Labex Archimède (Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in Marseille) offers several PhD and Post-doc positions in mathematics and computer science. Some of these positions will be opened in the Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale de Marseille (LIF - UMR7279 Aix-Marseille University / CNRS). The research areas of applicants can be any of the research topics studied in our lab.

    Applications must be completed (including reference letters) by January 15th, 2015. For more information, see http://www.lif.univ-mrs.fr and http://archimede.lsis.org/labex/spip.php?id_rubrique=10&lang=en

  • Postdoc Position in Logic and Game Theory, University of Oxford

    A research position is available, tenable immediately, attached to a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant obtained by Prof Michael Wooldridge. The project is entitled "Reasoning about Computational Economies" (RACE), and carries out work at the intersection of game theory, complexity, logic, and verification. Applicants must have, or shortly be expecting to obtain, a PhD in multi-agent systems, game theory, logic/model checking, or a closely related topic. The position is a full-time appointment, available for up to 28 months.

    Deadline: 12 January 2015 (noon). To discuss informally, please contact: Mike Wooldridge at mjw at cs.ox.ac.uk. For full details and to apply please visit: http://tinyurl.com/p4lbzrs

  • PhD Studentships, Computer Science, University of Nottingham

    Applications are invited for up to ten fully-funded PhD studentships in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, starting on 1st October 2015.

    To discuss possible PhD topics in the area of (Logics for) Agents contact Natasha Alechina (nza at cs.nott.ac.uk) or Brian Logan (bsl at cs.nott.ac.uk).

    Closing date for applications: 14th January 2015. For more information, see http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJW968/

  • Postdoc position at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

    The Theory Group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral position in computational complexity and/or SAT solving.

    The postdoctoral researcher will be working in the research group of Jakob Nordstrom. Much of the activities of this group revolve around the themes of proof complexity and SAT solving. On the theoretical side, proof complexity has turned out to have deep, and sometimes surprising, connections to other topics such as, e.g., circuit complexity, communication complexity, and hardness of approximation, and therefore researchers in these or other related areas are more than welcome to apply. On the practical side, some interesting problems are to gain a better understanding of the performance of current state-of-the-art SAT solvers --- in particular, solvers using conflict-driven clause learning (CDCL) --- and to explore techniques that would go beyond CDCL, such as approaches based on algebraic or geometric reasoning.

    The research project is financed by a Breakthrough Research Grant from the Swedish Research Council and a Starting Independent Researcher Grant from the European Research Council. In addition to the research group leader, the group currently consists of one postdoc and four PhD students. Travel funding is included, and the group also receives short-term and long-term visitors on a regular basis.

    This is a full-time employed position for one year with a possible one-year extension. The successful candidate is expected to start in August-September 2015, although this is to some extent negotiable.

    The application deadline is January 25, 2015. More information and instructions how to apply can be found at http://www.csc.kth.se/~jakobn/openings/D-2014-0761-Eng.php . Informal enquiries are welcome and may be sent to Jakob Nordstrom.

  • PhD student position in epistemology, Canterbury (England)

    Applications are welcomed for a fully funded, fixed term (three years) PhD studentship in Philosophy, to work on epistemology and philosophy of science at the University of Kent (Canterbury), starting in January. This position is attached to a research project "Grading evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology", funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Prof. Jon Williamson.

    The position will be given to the first suitable candidate. Please see here for further details: http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/jw/2015/geomipab/.

  • Faculty positions in theoretical computer science, Urbana-Champaign IL (U.S.A.)

    The Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is hiring multiple tenure-track faculty positions. We are particularly interested in the following (overlapping) areas:
    * Theoretical Computer Science
    * Machine Learning
    * Programming Languages
    * Computer Systems (including trustworthy computing, distributed, cloud, mobile, OS)
    * Computer Architecture and Parallel Processing

    To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 5, 2015. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For more information, including application instructions, please see our ad at http://cs.illinois.edu/faculty-candidates.

  • PhD student positions in computer science, Oxford (England)

    Following a generous donation by Google, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford is delighted to invite applications for up to 15 fully-funded DPhil (Oxford'ss PhD) studentships tenable from 1st October 2015.

    The studentships are for three years and are open to students of any nationality. The topics for the studentships are open, but should relate to the interests of one of the Department's research areas: Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Automated Verification, Computational Biology, Foundations, Logic & Structures, Information Systems, Machine Learning, Multi-Agent Systems, Programming Languages, Security, Semantics and Software Engineering. We also encourage applications in cross disciplinary areas such as Linguistics, Biology, Medicine and Quantum Foundations & Quantum Computation.

    Closing date for applications:  9th January 2015 For more information, see http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/files/6952/studentshipad.pdf. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Julie.sheppard at cs.ox.ac.uk

  • Visiting Assistant Professorship (1y) teaching logic, Schenectady NY (U.S.A.)

    The Department of Philosophy at Union College invites applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning September 2015. Non-renewable. Areas of expertise and competence are open, but the successful candidate will have to teach courses in logic and in a period of the history of philosophy. A Ph.D. in philosophy is preferred, but advanced ABDs in philosophy will be considered.

    Deadline for applications is January 15 2015. For more information, see http://www.union.edu/offices/human-resources/jobs/faculty/

  • 2015/16 Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowshop (in algorithms), Yorktown NY (U.S.A.)

    The Mathematical Sciences department of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center invites applications for its 2015-2016 Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in the mathematical and computer sciences. The fellowship provides scientists of outstanding ability an opportunity to advance their scholarship as resident department members at the Research Center.

    Areas of research include algorithms, complex systems, data mining, dynamical systems, high-performance computing, inverse problems, numerical analysis, optimization, probability theory, statistics, simulation, and operations management.

    Applications will be accepted only if submitted by Jan 16, 2015. More details can be found at http://www.research.ibm.com/goldstine/

  • Postdoctoral position on "Ontology after Quine", Hamburg (Germany)

    The University of Hamburg offers a postdoctoral research position in association with the Emmy Noether Research Group "Ontologie nach Quine", which is based in the Department of Philosophy and led by Richard Woodward.

    The Research Group began in July 2013 and will run until July 2018. Its official title translates as "Ontology after Quine: Fictionalism and Fundamentality" and, as its name suggests, the Group's research Project focuses on issues in metametaphysics and metaontology, set against the historical backdrop of the Quine-Carnap debate about the respectability of ontological inquiry. The remit of the project is thus broad, incorporating not only issues in first- and second-order metaphysics and ontology, but also connected issues in metaphilosophy and the philosophies of logic and language.

    The advertized position is full-time and will last for a period of one (1) year. The exact starting date is negotiable, but the successful candidate should take up their position by July 1st 2015 at the latest. The successful applicant is expected to have completed their doctoral studies (i.e. submitted their doctoral thesis) by the time they take up the position.

    The application deadline is January 31st, 2015. The official advert, with further information and instructions, can be found here: http://www.uni-hamburg.de/uhh/stellenangebote/wissenschaftliches-personal/. More information about the Group and its activities can be found at our website: http://carvingnature.net/.

  • Three-year fellowship in philosophy at St Hugh's College, Oxford (England)

    Applications are invited for the post of Career Development Fellow in Philosophy at St Hugh's College, tenable from 1st October 2015. This is a fixed-term, 3-year position intended for an individual who has recently completed a doctorate and wishes to embark on an academic career. It is open to those working in any area of Philosophy.

    The successful candidate will be expected to use the period of the Fellowship to begin building an international research profile. The postholder will also be required to offer teaching for up to four hours per week during term. Career Development Fellows at St Hugh's College are encouraged to take a full part in the intellectual life of the College.

    Further details are available on the College website at http://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/vacancies. The closing date for applications is Monday 9th February 2015.

  • Visiting Fellowship in Mathematical Philosophy, Munich (Germany)

    The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites applications for visiting fellowships for one to three months in the academic year 2015/16 (15 October 2015 to 15 February 2016 or 15 April to 15 July 2016) intended for advanced Ph.D. students ("Junior Fellowships") and postdocs or faculty ("Senior Fellowships"). Candidates should work in general philosophy of science, the philosophy of one of the special sciences, formal epistemology, or social epistemology and have a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative work.

    We also encourage groups of two to four researchers, which may also include scientists, to jointly apply for fellowships (?Research Group Fellowships") to work on an innovative collaborative project from the above-mentioned fields which is of relevance for the research done at the MCMP and which ideally includes a member of the MCMP as a collaborator.

    The deadline for applications is 15 February 2015. Decisions will be made by 1 March 2015. For further information, see http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/visiting_fs_201516/ or contact Alexander.Reutlinger at lrz.uni-muenchen.de.

  • Assistant Professorship in Cognitive Science, Los Angeles CA (U.S.A.)

    Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in Cognitive Science. We seek someone working in computer science, with scholarly or research interests in artificial intelligence (broadly construed to include areas such as robotics, computer vision, natural language processing, computational linguistics, human-computer interactions, reasoning under uncertainty, or other areas at the intersection of computation and cognition). A strong commitment to teaching and research at a liberal arts institution is essential. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field by the start date of August 2015. The successful applicant will help strengthen our computer science minor, teach introductory courses in programming, fundamentals courses in computer science, upper-level courses in computer science, courses in cognitive science, and involve undergraduate students in research.

    Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2014. For more information, see http://www.oxy.edu/human-resources/working-oxy/faculty-positions. Questions about the position can also be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Saul Traiger, at traiger at oxy.edu.

  • Postdoctoral position in set theory, Singapore (Singapore)

    There is a one-year postdoctoral position in set theory available at the National University of Singapore. The expected starting date is April 1, 2015.

    The job advertisement is given at http://www.illc.uva.nl/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=6071. To apply for it please email your complete CV to Dilip Raghavan at raghavan at math.nus.edu.sg. Please also CC your email to Lynette Wong at lynettewong at nus.edu.sg.

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  • Tenure-track position in theoretical computer science, Salt Lake City UT (U.S.A.)

    The School of Computing at the University of Utah seeks applications for four tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2015. Exceptional candidates at higher ranks will be also be considered.

    One of the four positions is targeted at theoretical computer science, particularly with an emphasis on models and analysis for large data problems. Also, computational statistics or statistical underpinnings of the analysis of large data.

    Close Date: March 1, 2015. For more information (and how to apply) please see the ad at https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/36205

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