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PhD Position in Philosophy of Language, Linguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience – Nov 2021

Radboud University (RU)

The Netherlands

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Radboud University invites applications for Ph.D. Candidate to work in Philosophy of Mind and Language group, at Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, The Netherlands – Nov 2021 (#opportunities for MA or MSc degree holders in philosophy, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology)

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: November 16, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 5 Years
Salary: 2434 EURO / Month

Philosophy of Mind and Language group
Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
Radboud University (RU)

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Qualification Details

  • You have an MA or MSc in philosophy, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology or a related field.
  • You have proven affinity with philosophy of language and/or linguistics.
  • You are proficient in English.
  • You are highly motivated to conduct interdisciplinary research and to present your work to different kinds of audiences.
  • You have good collaborative and communication skills.
  • You are committed to open science and scientific integrity.
  • Proven affinity with experimental research with human participants and experience with quantitative data analysis techniques would be a plus.
  • Given that the experiments will probably be run in Dutch, proficiency in Dutch would be a plus.

Responsibilities/Job Description

By speaking we undertake commitments, obligations to others to act in certain ways. We do this both by performing speech acts and by choosing certain vocabulary. Within linguistics the notion of commitments has popped up in accounts of a wide range of phenomena (ranging from promises to rising declaratives, and from evidentiality markers to transparent free relatives). In our society, issues about commitment come up in the media and even in court rooms.

Despite the central place of commitment in both our language make-up and our society, a true understanding of how we undertake, attribute and avoid commitments through language use is lacking. This understanding is what this project aims to contribute to.

You will perform a series of experiments in which we measure the commitments that discourse participants undertake, as interpreted by the participants of the experiment. We measure this through both explicit and implicit judgments. For the latter, we use inter alia physiological measures such as fEMG. Combined with theoretical discourse analysis (as done in the fields of semantics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, conversational analysis and dialogue modelling), the series of experiments will result in four journal papers, to be integrated into a dissertation.

Teaching related tasks may be part of your responsibilities, constituting up to 10% of your appointment.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

You can apply until 16 November 2021, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Corien Bary. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV including contact details of two references.
  • An academic transcript with courses taken and grades obtained.
  • A sample of your written work (or a link to it).

The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 29 November. The second round of interviews will take place on Friday 17 December. You would preferably begin employment early 2022.

We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure. It offers a rough outline of what you can expect during the application process, how we handle your personal data and how we deal with internal and external candidates.

About the Faculty

The Philosophy of Mind and Language group's research focuses on fundamental and applied questions at the intersection of cognition, culture and language. The group's profile is strongly interdisciplinary. The group combines state-of-the-art philosophical theorising with recent scientific findings in psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience. It offers courses to students in philosophy, linguistics, sociology, psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religion Sciences is a compact, ambitious division consisting of around 160 employees and almost 900 national and international students. Our education programme contains several great courses and offers disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary and interfaculty fields of study. The faculty has an innovative education and research programme which is strongly linked to current societal issues.Our faculty believes in equal opportunities for everyone. We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity contributes to education and research quality. We welcome all employees who contribute to the diversity at our faculty through their unique background and perspective.

About the Employer: Radboud University (RU)


  • Employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,434 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,111 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional Employment Conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

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Contact details

For questions about the position and project, please contact Corien Bary, Professor Logical Semantics at

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