The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam is looking for a highly motivated, creative and talented PhD candidate to join the newly established Dialogue Modelling Group led by Raquel Fernandez. The mission of the group is to understand dialogical interaction by developing empirically-motivated formal and computational models that can be applied to various dialogue processing tasks and to human-machine interaction.
In particular, the PhD position is part of an NWO VIDI project focused on studying linguistic interaction in the presence of asymmetry, that is, imbalances or mismatches between dialogue participants. Looking into asymmetric settings provides a great opportunity for investigating the dynamic changes that linguistic interaction can potentially bring about: how do our choices of words and phrases contribute to language learning, to knowledge transfer, or to opinion shifts? The project has a broad scope, including first and second language learning, computational social science, and human-machine interaction. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong interest in some of these areas or generally in dialogue processing.
Ideal candidates have an excellent Master's degree in Computational Linguistics, Linguistics, Logic, Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence, or Computer Science, and have shown ability for conducting original research. Candidates with an interdisciplinary background are particularly encouraged to apply. Prior work on computational semantics or pragmatics and especially on dialogue processing would be a definite plus. Good programming skills are important and a keen interest in problem solving and research is essential. You must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and to have good collaborative skills.
The ILLC (www.illc.uva.nl) is part of the University of Amsterdam, one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe, with a rich history dating back to 1632. The institute offers a very international English-speaking research environment. Research is interdisciplinary and aims at bringing together insights from various fields concerned with information and information processing, such as logic, mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, computational linguistics, cognitive science, musicology, and philosophy. The institute is located in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, renown for its historic canals, its cosmopolitan laid-back atmosphere, and its excellent connections to the rest of Europe and beyond.
The successful candidate will be employed by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. The full-time appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of four years. At first, a contract will be given for 18 months. If positively evaluated, the contract will be extended by a further 30 months and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis).
On the basis of a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary amounts to €2,125 during the first year, rising to €2,717 during the fourth year. PhD candidates are not considered students but employees in the Netherlands: the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.
Preferred starting date: 1 February 2016.
For details of the application process please see the vacancy notice on the ILLC website: http://www.illc.uva.nl/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=6995
Application deadline: 16 November 2015
If you would like to get further information, please don't hesitate to contact Raquel Fernandez at raquel.fernandez at uva.nl
-- Raquel Fernandez Institute for Logic, Language & Computation University of Amsterdam http://illc.uva.nl/~raquel