We have openings for two 2-year Research Fellows (Marie Curie Experienced Researcher, i.e. Postdoc) positions (Barcelona and Amsterdam) and a 18-month PhD Student (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher) position (Brussels) as part of the ESSENCE Marie Curie Initial Training Network. These are high-profile positions that offers exceptional benefits ideally suited for top candidates.
- The ESSENCE Platform (Postdoc) - Barcelona. This position will focus on continuing the development of an overall architecture for integration of the components developed by the different sub-projects. This task involves both theoretical and practical work, and involves a strong element of aligning heterogeneous methods with each other. The position also has a strong career development focus, as the Experienced Researcher will be trained in research management and coordination, and will have the opportunity to spend extended periods of time with non-academic consortium partners.
- The ESSENCE Model (Postdoc) - Amsterdam. The main goal of this position is to investigate with modern data-mining techniques whether, and if so, how, word-meanings and opinions have changed due to developments in artificial intelligence. Assuming that meanings and public opinions did evolve, a further goal will be to increase our understanding of these changes by investigating what triggered them and to provide a more general theoretical model of these changes. The position also has a strong career development focus, as the Experienced Researcher will be trained in research management and coordination, and will have the opportunity to spend extended periods of time with non-academic consortium partners.
- Open-ended Robot Interaction (PhD Student) - Brussels. This position consists in assisting aspects of research into language grounding on robots and the evolution of symbolic communication. The specific topic will be chosen in coordination with the candidate. It can be experiments in the acquisition and creation of gestural communication, participation in the neural implementation of Fluid Construction Grammar, or more linguistically oriented research towards sophisticated grammars and grammar acquisition.