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Postdoctoral researcher in Cognitive Semantics and Quantities

Deadline: Friday 1 November 2019
Postdoctoral researcher in Cognitive Semantics and Quantities
Publication date 17 October 2019
Closing date 1 November 2019
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,389 to €4,018 gross per month
Vacancy number 19-682

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam is looking for an exceptional postdoctoral researcher in the area of Computations and Semantics within the ERC StG project 'Cognitive Semantics and Quantities [CoSaQ]', running 2017-2021, and led by Principal Investigator (PI) Jakub Szymanik.

Job description

You will be employed full-time. The aim of this subproject is to focus on cognitive and computational modeling of quantification. Your main task will be contributing to learnability and evolution approach to quantification that has been recently developed in the group. You will be also expecting to contribute to other ongoing research in the group, for instance, cognitive modeling of the experimental data on subjects using multiple different strategies in different proportions in different contexts while verifying quantifier sentences. Please see the project website for more details, including recently published papers reporting on the mentioned research lines.

You will be expected to:

  • present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences;
  • deliver excellent publications in cooperation with the PI and the other project members;
  • help with the organizational tasks connected to the project, including the organization and attendance of CoSaQ project seminars and organization of CoSaQ workshops.


You should have:

  • a PhD in the area of Computer Science, AI, Logic, Linguistics, or Cognitive Science with demonstrable expertise in semantics and computational modeling;
  • evidence that you publish regularly in top journals in the area of cognitive science, linguistics, or AI;
  • strong willingness to help with all the organizational duties connected to the project;
  • strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research.


You will be appointed for 38 hours per week (1,0 FTE) for a period of 12 months at the Department of Literary Studies and Linguistics of the Faculty of Humanities. The research will be carried out under the aegis of ILLC. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 April 2020, but slight delays may be negotiated. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €3.389 to €4.018 depending on experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

For an overview of the CoSaQ please visit our website.

About the Faculty of Humanities

The result of a merger between the Faculties of Arts, Philosophy and Theology in 1997, the Faculty of Humanities not only houses an assortment of established and respected disciplines, including Foreign Languages, Dutch Studies, History, Archaeology, Theatre Studies and Philosophy, but also such pioneering research fields as New Media, Digital Humanities, and Conservation and Restoration.

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) is a renowned research institute, in which researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science collaborate. The research carried out at Humanities forms one of the six research schools within this faculty. ILLC’s 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 processing, such as logic, philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

You should include only the following information, in one PDF file (not zipped), named using your surname and 'postdoc' as file name, e.g.: Smith-postdoc.pdf:

  • a 1-page statement of research motivating why you are applying and how you can contribute to the CoSaQ project in terms of excellent collaborative research;
  • a full academic CV, including a list of publications;
  • the names and contact details of at least three referees who may be approached by the selection committee;
  • URLs for downloading sample (best) publications and/or thesis manuscripts. Do not send the documents as part of your application.

Candidates will be contacted with preliminary outcomes of the hiring process in the week of 15 November 2019. If the committee decides that interviews are necessary, they will be held in the last week of November 2019, in person or by Skype. #LI-DNP     

Application form: https://ssl1.peoplexs.com/Peoplexs22/CandidatesPortalNoLogin/ApplicationForm.cfm?PortalID=16107&VacatureID=1068254

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