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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.
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.
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/).
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/
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/.
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.
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.
Closing date for applications: 14th January 2015. For more information, see http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJW968/
The Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia is seeking outstanding investigators for full-time faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. We are seeking candidates of exceptional scientific talent who have demonstrated research success in the area of Algorithmic Game Theory. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2015.
For more information, see https://www.cs.ubc.ca/our-department/employment/faculty-positions. The website will remain open for submissions through the end of the day on January 31, 2015.
A PhD scholarship (paying stipend of NZ$25,000 plus fees for 3 years) is available at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, funded by the Marsden Fund grant UOA 1420, "Axioms and algorithms for multi-winner elections” (Prof A. Slinko, Dr Mark C. Wilson, Dr G. Pritchard). We seek a well-prepared student to work on part of this project concerned with determining optimal parameters for parliamentary electoral systems. A strong background (e.g. First Class Honours/Masters) in computer science, mathematics and/or statistics is necessary.
Applicants should contact Mark Wilson (mcwcs.auckland.ac.nz) or Geoff Pritchard (geoffstat.auckland.ac.nz) as soon as possible, with a CV and cover letter. We plan for the student to start on 1 March 2015, although some variation in date is possible.
The Logic and Theory of Science MA is a two-year program in English, run by the Department of Logic at E”tv”s Lorand University Budapest . Beyond a core curriculum in logic and formal approaches to the philosophy of science, we offer a wide range of advanced courses in logic, philosophy of mathematics, foundations of physics, logical methods in linguistics, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and formal models in social sciences. Students can choose a focus according to their own field of interest. The MA is research oriented, and most students continue with a PhD in logic or related fields.
The program is open to students with a BA or BSc degree in Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Linguistics, Social Science, and all related fields.
Application deadline: 24th Aug. 2015. For more information, see http://phil.elte.hu/logic/ma, or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/elte.logic. If you have further questions, please contact Andras Mate, the head of the department, at mate.andrasbtk.elte.hu.
The International Center for Mathematics and Computer Science of Toulouse (http://www.cimi.univ-toulouse.fr/en) offers 6 PhD scholarships on topics in mathematics or in computer science. The deadline for applications is on the 28 February 2015, with starting date in September 2015. The scholarships last for three years with a gross salary of 1684€/month. Complimentary funds for research training and travelling can be asked for with a separate application procedure. Candidates will be evaluated on the quality of their track-record, which must be judged excellent.
Candidates interested in applying with a research project in computational social choice are encouraged to contact Umberto Grandi (umberto.grandiut-capitole.fr).
For more information, refer to the following pages.
Doctoral fellowships: http://www.cimi.univ-toulouse.fr/en/doctoral-fellowships
Travel grants: http://www.cimi.univ-toulouse.fr/en/call-research-projects
The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Zurich invites applications for the post of Assistant (50%) to be filled from 1st April 2015 at the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy (Prof. Dr. Hans-Johann Glock). The post is for three years in the first instance, but can be extended for another three years.
The application deadline is 31st January 2015. For more information, see http://www.philosophie.uzh.ch/news/allgemein/ausschreibungapril15.html or contact Ms Sarah Tietz (sarah.tietzuzh.ch).
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/.
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.
At the Department of Philosophy (Theoretical Philosophy / Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller) there is currently a vacancy for a Part-time Ph.D. student Position (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 50%). The position will be immediately available; an early start is preferred. The position will be granted initially for 12 months, with an option for an extension for a second year; funding for a third year will be applied for once the project is under way.
The position is advertised as part of the new research project "Kulturen der mathematischen Forschung: Identitätspraktiken im Hinblick auf nationale Mathematikkulturen und Beweisstile" (Cultures of mathematical research: identification practices with respect to national cultures of mathematics and styles of proof). The principal investigators of this project are Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller (Konstanz) and Prof. Dr. Benedikt Löwe (Hamburg & Amsterdam). The hired applicant will be based in Konstanz and it is the intention that the applicant be enrolled as a Ph.D. student and receive a Ph.D. degree in philosophy at the Universität Konstanz, but the project involves active and regular interaction with the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the Universität Hamburg, including extended research visits of up to one semester.
This research project deals with the question of whether there is mathematical content to national mathematical cultures: clearly, there are differences in the mathematical styles of researchers from different countries. But are these differences more than superficial? In other words, can these differences be explained in purely mathematical terms. The project aims to approach this question with empirical means using techniques from the digital humanities (national literary cultures) and qualitative and quantitative empirical social studies.
The deadline for applications is 12 February 2015. For more information, see http://www.uni-konstanz.de/stellenangebote/?cont=stellausw&seite=2015/.
The Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy at KU Leuven invites applications for one full-time position at either doctoral or postdoctoral level as part of a research project on "Knowledge First Virtue Epistemology" which is funded by a KU Leuven OT and an FWO grant (PI: Christoph Kelp) and will run until 2017/18. Duration: 3 years (PhD) or 2 years (Postdoc). Starting date: October 1, 2015.
The candidate will be part of the Leuven Epistemology Group and will work on topics related to the project. At present, two postdoctoral researchers and one PhD student are working on the project. Additional hires at doctoral and postdoctoral level are expected. The members of the research group will work closely together and are expected to actively contribute to the project and to activities at Leuven Epistemology Group and the Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy.
PhD candidates must have obtained a master's level degree in philosophy before taking up the position. Postdoctoral candidates must have obtained a PhD in philosophy before taking up the position. His/her area of specialisation should include epistemology (preferably: virtue epistemology and/or knowledge first epistemology).
Applications must be received before 15 February, 2015. For further information about the project and the position, please visit the project website at http://christoph-kelp.com/knowledge-first-virtue-epistemology/.
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 traigeroxy.edu.
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.Reutlingerlrz.uni-muenchen.de.
The University of Bremen, Department 3 (Mathematics and Computer Science), invites applications for a PhD position (Computer Science - Salary Scale TV-L 13, 100%) in the DFG-funded project "Conservative Extensions in Ontology Languages: Beyond Description Logics". The position is available from March 1st, 2015, subject to clearance by the University administration, and is limited to 36 months.
In description logic, the notion of a conservative extension provides an important foundation for ontology refinement, reuse, versioning, and modularity. The aim of the project is to study conservative extensions beyond description logics, with an emphasis on computational complexity and model-theoretic characterizations. Logics of interest include guarded fragments of first-order logic and existential rules.
The appointed candidate will carry out research in the described project and will be given the opportunity to pursue a scientific qualification (PhD studies). The position requires a computer science degree on the MSc level or a comparable qualification. Good knowledge of logic and/or knowledge representation are desirable. The successful candidate will work in the group "Theory of Artificial Intelligence" led by Carsten Lutz.
Please send your application by February 15th, 2015, quoting the vacancy A5/15. For more information, see http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/cms/detail.php?id=81570 or contact Prof. Dr. Carsten Lutz (clucs.uni-bremen.de) or Dr. Thomas Schneider (tscs.uni-bremen.de).
The DFG Research Unit FOR 1614 "What if: On the epistemological, pragmatic, psychological, and cultural significance of counterfactual thinking" offers a Post-Doc Position for three years within the subproject "Conditionals and Information Transfer" directed by the speaker of the unit, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spohn.
The position starts at July 1, 2015, at the latest. The salary is 100% TVL E13. PhD or equivalent degree is presupposed, good knowledge of formal epistemology and English and some knowledge of German is required.
Please send your application before February 22, 2015. For more information, see http://cms.uni-konstanz.de/what-if/jobs/.
Applications are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship in the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex, starting in October 2015.
The topics for the studentship is: dependent types for concurrent processes. That involved combining two major research traditions in type theory: (1) dependent type-theories a la Martin-Loef and homotopy type theory, and (2) types for concurrent processes such as session types.
Closing date for applications is 23 February 2015. For further details about the application process, please see http://www.sussex.ac.uk/informatics/pgstudy/doctoral/funding. Informal enquiries may be addressed to M.F.Bergersussex.ac.uk
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 raghavanmath.nus.edu.sg. Please also CC your email to Lynette Wong at lynettewongnus.edu.sg.http://www.illc.uva.nl/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=6071 or
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich is seeking applications for three Assistant Professorships in Logic and Philosophy of Language, at the Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Language (Professor Hannes Leitgeb) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) at the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion. The positions, which are to start from October 1st 2015, are for three years with the possibility of extension.
Each appointee will be expected (i) to do philosophical research, especially in philosophical logic and related areas (such as philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, formal epistemology), (ii) to teach five hours a week in corresponding areas, and (iii) to participate in the organisation of the MCMP.
Applications should be sent by February 28th, 2015. For more information, see http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/news/assist_prof_2015/. Contact for informal inquiries: office.leitgeblrz.uni-muenchen.de.
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
One Postdoc Position (four years) and Two PhD Studentships (three years) are available at the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, in the ERC-funded project "The Emergence of Relativism: Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Perspectives" (ERC Advanced Grant, PI: Prof. Martin Kusch), June 2014 to May 2019.
For the postdoc position we are looking for a philosopher, or a historian of philosophy, or a sociologist of knowledge, interested in studying the emergence and development of relativistic themes in the 19th and early 20th century in works about the social world by political philosophers, forerunners and practitioners of the social sciences in general, and the sociology of knowledge in particular.
For the PhD studentship positions we are looking for philosophers with an interest in studying relativism from a systematic rather than a historical perspective. The PhD project must fit within the framework of the overall ERC project as outlined in the documents above. We are particularly interested in proposals focusing on debates around the sociology of knowledge or historicism, but other proposals will also be considered.
None of these positions involves a teaching obligation. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary team is important. Deadline for applications: March 1st 2015.