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Postdoctoral Researcher

The University of Edinburgh - School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021
Job Ref: 2163

Closing date: 29/10/21, 5pm 

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher on a full time (1 FTE), fixed-term contract for a period of 28 months. The position is available as of the January 2022.

We are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in semantics to contribute to the project “Logic in semantic universals”, funded by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (PI: Wataru Uegaki). The goal of the project is to uncover what core properties of human language semantic universals in logical vocabularies (including connectives, quantifiers, modals and clause-embedding predicates) are rooted in. To this end, the project will pursue an integrated approach that combines insights from formal semantics and evolutionary linguistics, building on a wide-scale cross-linguistic data collection. As a member of the project, the post-holder will contribute to the data collection and the theory construction, in collaboration with the PI and another research assistant.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • A track record of high-profile research outputs such as journal publications and presentations at international conferences.
  • Demonstrable experience with gathering and analysing cross-linguistic semantic data.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of areas of semantic theory relevant to the project aims.
  • A track record of peer-reviewed publications in areas relevant to the project.
  • Experience with semantic fieldwork or experimental/modelling-based semantic research.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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