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

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 greatopportunity 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.


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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.

Specific requirements:

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).

Educational level:

Master Degree

How to apply:

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