Media Technology MSc

PhD position in Language, Cognition and Computation, deadline July 15

The Media Technology and Creative Science research group at Leiden University is looking for a:

PhD candidate in Language, Cognition and Computation

Leiden University sealwithin the project "Evolution of meaning and structure in language". This project aims to study cultural evolution and the emergence of meaning and structure in communication systems. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Tessa Verhoef and will be part of the Media Technology and Creative Science research group at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). The PhD candidate will be designing, running and describing experiments and developing novel tools for analyzing structure in multi-modal data.

Examples of research activities include, but are not limited to: conducting experiments to simulate language emergence with human participants, using iterated learning, social coordination and artificial language learning methods, and implementing and testing software tools for quantitative analysis of 3D body tracking data and video of gestures and sign language. The precise focus of the project will be determined in collaboration with the candidate.

Selection Criteria:
Candidates are required to have a Master’s degree in one of the following fields (or equivalent): cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computer science, (computational) linguistics. Preferable qualifications include practical experience in running and analyzing experiments, strong programming skills, the ability to work independently, good writing and presentation skills and a passion for research.

Application deadline:
July 15, 2018

More information:
Read here for more information about the project embedding, terms and conditions, contact information and the application procedure.

15 July 2018