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(Updated) Postdoctoral Researcher in Sign Language Linguistics

Deadline: Thursday 2 December 2021
Faculteit/Dienst: Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Opleidingsniveau: Gepromoveerd
Functie type: Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum: 2 December 2021

Do you have a PhD in Sign Language Linguistics? Do you have good knowledge of Sign Language of the Netherlands? Are you well-versed in experimental methods in linguistic research as well as formal semantic modeling? We are seeking a Postdoctoral researcher to investigate the syntax and semantics of questions in Sign Language of the Netherlands through a number of production and comprehension studies.

What are you going to do

In this project you are expected to:

  • carry out production and comprehension studies to come to a better understanding of the syntax and semantics of questions in NGT;

  • publish in high level international journals;

  • present at leading international conferences and workshops;

  • supervise master and bachelor students;

  • possibly co-supervise PhD students;

  • contribute your expertise to joint research projects;

  • contribute to the teaching activities of the research group.

What do we require

  • a PhD in Sign Language Linguistics;

  • fluency in Sign Language of the Netherlands;

  • strong expertise in experimental methods in linguistics and formal semantics;

  • strong background in formal semantics, specifically semantic theories of questions;

  • excellent team working skills.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 December 2022 for the duration of 24 months. The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,836 to €4,474 gross per month (scale 10), 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 for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

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About us

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in which researchers from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities collaborate. Its 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 and information processing, including linguistics, cognitive science, philosophy, computer science and artificial intelligence. ILLC offers an international research environment with world-class faculty in all of its areas of specialization.

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Job application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 2 December 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter

  • a CV, including a list of publications,

  • two writing samples (in the case of joint work, please specify your own contribution)

  • contact details of two people who could be asked for recommendation letters.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews in December 2021.

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.

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