25.4005, Support: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition / Netherlands
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Subject: 25.4005, Support: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition / Netherlands
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Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:02:34
From: Paul Vogt [p.a.vogt at uvt.nl]
Subject: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition: PhD Student, Tilburg University, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Tilburg University
Department: Tilburg centre for Cognition and Communication
Web Address: https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/ticc/
Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) invites applications for a four-year PhD position.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The candidate will work on the 'Learning to Communicate via Social and Linguistic Interaction' project, which is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the Natural Artificial Intelligence programme. The project is a collaboration with the Interaction Intelligence Group of Prof. Catholijn Jonker at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The goal of this multidisciplinary project is to design, implement and analyse an agent-based model in which artificial agents use and learn language, and related communicative skills by interacting with each other. Learning will be based on input from a collection of video recordings, containing annotated observations of young children interacting with their caregiver. The selected candidate will be a member of the Department of Communication and Information Sciences in the School of Humanities of Tilburg University. He or she is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract. The position can start as early as 1 January 2015, but the exact starting date is negotiable.
We seek a candidate with a (research) master in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Computer Science or a related area, and with excellent, demonstrated programming skills. The ideal candidate should also have experience in designing cognitive and/or agent-based models. Furthermore, knowledge about statistics and language acquisition is a plus. The candidate should have excellent academic qualifications as indicated by their academic records, a strong interest in doing research, and a good command of oral and written English.
Employment terms and conditions:
The selected candidate will be offered a temporary contract for one year. Upon a positive outcome of an assessment of the first year, a contract will be offered for the remaining 3 years. The selected candidate will be ranked in the Dutch university employment system (UFO) as PhD-student. The gross salary is 2083,- per month in the first year and 2664,- in the fourth year (for a full-time appointment and exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3 % end year bonus). Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Faculty will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as a facilities plan and options model for employment conditions and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses.
How to apply:
See application website for details.
Application Deadline: 09-Nov-2014
Web Address for Applications: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/working-at/wp
Dr Paul Vogt
p.a.vogt at uvt.nl
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