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Tenure Track Researcher Language in Interaction

Publication date
26 June 2014
Level of education
Salary indication
max. ~5,070 gross per month
Closing date
15 October 2014
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) is a research institute at the University of Amsterdam, 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, such as computational linguistics, logic, mathematics, computer science, linguistics, cognitive science, artificial intelligence and philosophy.

This position is part of the larger Dutch research consortium Language in Interaction (lead-organisation Radboud University, Nijmegen). The research consortium brings together researchers from nine different research institutions in the Netherlands, with complementary expertise in a highly interdisciplinary area of research. Within the LiI consortium, a number of Top Research Fellows are foreseen. The position comes with a PhD fellowship.

The position will be embedded within the ILLC within the Faculty of Science (FNWI) of the University of Amsterdam. The researcher will be appointed either in the Language & Computation or in the Logic & Language programme at ILLC, and will form a new interface between these.

Project description

One of the major challenges in current research on the human language system is to unify formal modelling of crucial interactive linguistic activities such as communication, learning and argumentation, with the wide-ranging experimental approaches to language found in psychology and neuroscience.

The successful candidate will be at the heart of a new research group whose aim is to promote the interaction between formal, logical, semantic, or/and computational modelling of language and cognition within the ILLC. To match these research tasks, the successful candidate will also be given a light teaching load in the MSc Logic, the MSc Brain and cognitive science, and/or the BSc/MSc Artificial Intelligence.


The ideal candidate has a strong grasp of logical and/or linguistic and/or computational approaches to language, while at the same time bridging the gap to cognitive modelling of language in a credible and successful manner.

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field;
  • a strong background in formal and/or computational modelling of language;
  • experience / expertise in experimental cognitive science;
  • a well-established international reputation;
  • a strong record of peer-reviewed international publications;
  • experience and success in applying for external funding;
  • experience with (co-)supervision of PhD students;
  • management skills required for academic leadership;
  • outstanding didactic skills, teaching experience and a clear view about teaching.

Further information


Appointment will be fulltime for a period of 48 months, with annual assessments. You will be classified as ~Onderzoeker 2~.

After four years, a permanent position as assistant professor (Universitair Docent) will be offered if performance is evaluated positively and evaluation criteria are met. Evaluation will be based on a set of objective criteria specified by the Board of the Language in Interaction consortium and the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).

The gross monthly salary amounts to max. 5,070 Euros, depending on qualifications and experience (max. Dutch salary scale 12). The collective labour agreement (CAO) of Dutch universities is applicable.

Job application

The administration of the Language in Interaction project is being carried out by the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Applicants should consult the vacancy notice for three tenure track research positions for the Language in Interaction project and apply according to the instructions given there.

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2014.

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