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Postdoc in Logic and Language, with Teaching Component

Deadline: Sunday 15 August 2021
Vacancy details of Postdoc in Logic and Language, with Teaching Component
Publication date 29 July 2021
Closing date 15 August 2021
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,790 to €4,402 gross per month
Vacancy number 21-640

Are you an expert in philosophical Logic, and familiar with formal and/or probabilistic approaches to meaning?  Do you have a track record of publishing in leading journals in Logic and language? Are you an inspiring teacher who is competent to teach in the area Philosophy of AI? If so, we hope you will apply for our vacancy for a four-year postdoctoral researcher in the area of Logic and Language. This position also has a significant teaching component (research:teaching ratio is 70:30).

What are you going to do

You are expected:

  • to be active in the field of logic and its application to language and artificial intelligence at the ILLC, while also reaching out to the broader research community active in language and cognition within the Faculty of Humanities;
  • to publish papers in international journals / conference venues in your field, and to give contributed or invited talks at international venues;
  • to teach courses at MSc and BSc level on topics such as philosophical logic, and philosophy of AI;
  • to contribute to the supervision of BSc and MSc thesis projects;
  • to contribute to research valorisation, as well as to outreach activities in research and/or teaching at the ILLC.

What to require of you

  • A PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Logic, Linguistics);
  • Excellent research skills, evidenced by publications in renowned international journals and/or conference venues in logic and Language, as well as contributed/invited talks at international venues;
  • Proven didactic abilities in Logic and Language; you should have experience in teaching at both Bachelor and Master levels, and have the Dutch BKO (UTQ) or be willing to acquire this within two years;
  • Experience in teaching courses for an interdisciplinary audience would be an advantage;
  • Some experience with the (co-)supervision of BSc, MSc and/or PhD students;
  • Ability to contribute to research valorisation and outreach activities in teaching and/or research;
  • Ability to cooperate in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and an excellent command of both English and Dutch.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible after this date. The contract is for the duration of four years.  The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


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About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) embraces curiosity-driven research and serves as a rallying point for information scientists across traditional research fields, ranging from AI, computer science and mathematics to linguistics, cognitive science and philosophy. ILLC's scientific mission is to study the formal properties of information, viz. the fundamental structure and properties of processes of encoding, transmitting and comprehending information. The latter notion is to be viewed in its broadest sense, covering not only the mathematical and algorithmic properties of formal languages, but also the flow of information in natural language processing and in human cognitive activities such as reasoning.

Job Application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 15 August 2021. You can apply online by using the link below. 

Applications (in one single .pdf file, using your surname as the file name) should include:

  • a cover letter, including a description of your research interests and accomplishments, as well as an explanation for why you are applying for this position (at most two pages);
  • a detailed curriculum vitae (CV), including your list of publications; Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • links to three selected publications available online, with a short motivation for the selection made (mature drafts of papers or papers currently under submission are also acceptable);
  • a link to your PhD thesis available online (if available already) or an indication of the current status of your PhD thesis;
  • if possible, evidence of teaching abilities, perhaps in the form of teaching evaluations;
  • the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three people we can contact for letters of reference for you.



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