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Institut Jean Nicod

Salvador Mascarenhas
Application deadline
01 June 2019

University: Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Job

Location: Paris, France Job

Rank: Postdoctoral researcher

Specialty Areas: experimental semantics/pragmatics, experimental psychology, psychology of reasoning & decision making, symbolic (formal logic) approaches to meaning and reasoning

Description: The Department of Cognitive Studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure is offering a two-year postdoctoral researcher position on a project on the interaction of general-purpose reasoning with interpretive processes (PI: Salvador Mascarenhas). It is possible we make an additional offer of a one-year position.

Starting date and duration: The position will preferably start in September 2019 or shortly thereafter. The applicant's PhD should have been defended and filed by the starting date. The position is for two years in the first instance.

Salary: The postdoctoral fellow will receive a monthly net salary ranging from 2100 to 2500 euros, depending on past experience. The position will be funded by Agence Nationale de Recherche’s grant Between Language and Reasoning  (PI: Salvador Mascarenhas).

The postdoc's primary responsibility will be to conduct research in experimental semantics, pragmatics, and the psychology of reasoning. The French National Research Agency (ANR) grant Between Language and Reasoning  (PI: Salvador Mascarenhas) aims to understand the line between interpretation and general-purpose reasoning, investigating interactions between linguistics and decision making. Ongoing projects include a Bayesian confirmation-theoretic approach to reasoning, experimental work on the effects of pragmatic manipulations from psycholinguistics in reasoning tasks, and studies of reasoning and hypothesis testing in infancy. Connections between linguistics and other fields in cognitive science beyond reasoning and decision-making are welcome. The position has a career development component: the selected applicant will be encouraged to develop their own research program using the time and resources of the lab, specifics to be discussed at the moment of hiring. While this is primarily a research position, it might also involve small organizational and teaching responsibilities. Regular participation in collective scientific activities (e.g. seminars and lab meetings) will be expected.

Research Environment:
The postdoc will be affiliated with Institut Jean Nicod . The postdoc will be integrated into the larger LINGUAE group of the Department of Cognitive Studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure , which offers a rich interdisciplinary environment.

The successful applicant will have a strong background in at least two of the following areas:
(i) formal semantics/pragmatics/logic;
(ii) experimental semantics/pragmatics;
(iii) psychology of reasoning;
(iv) economics and decision theory

Application details:
The file must include:
- a CV
- a brief statement of research interests (up to 2 pages)
- a selection of published or unpublished papers or dissertation chapters (up to 2)

For full consideration, please send your application in a single email and arrange to have (up to three) letters of reference sent directly by their authors by June 1, 2019. All communication and materials should be addressed to the PI’s email indicated below. Please include in the subject of your email the string [LANG-REASON postdoc].

Application Deadline: June 1, 2019 — we realize that this announcement comes at short notice, but we will take this into account when evaluating application files.

Email Address for applications:

Contact Information: Salvador Mascarenhas Department of Cognitive Studies Ecole Normale Supérieure 29 rue d’Ulm 75005 Paris FRANCE