Postdoctoral Researcher in Sign Language Linguistics

Postdoctoral Researcher in Sign Language Linguistics

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23 Nov 2 Dec Amsterdam

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Job description

Do you have a PhD in Sign Language Linguistics? Do you have good knowledge of Sign Language of the Netherlands? Are you well-versed in experimental methods in linguistic research as well as formal semantic modeling? We are seeking a Postdoctoral researcher to investigate the syntax and semantics of questions in Sign Language of the Netherlands through a number of production and comprehension studies.

What are you going to do

In this project you are expected to:

  • carry out production and comprehension studies to come to a better understanding of the syntax and semantics of questions in NGT;
  • publish in high level international journals;
  • present at leading international conferences and workshops;
  • supervise master and bachelor students;
  • possibly co-supervise PhD students;
  • contribute your expertise to joint research projects;
  • contribute to the teaching activities of the research group.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


What do we require

  • a PhD in Sign Language Linguistics;
  • fluency in Sign Language of the Netherlands;
  • strong expertise in experimental methods in linguistics and formal semantics;
  • strong background in formal semantics, specifically semantic theories of questions;
  • excellent team working skills.

Conditions of employment

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 December 2022 for the duration of 24 months. The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,836 to €4,474 gross per month (scale 10), based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

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University of Amsterdam

With over 6,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in which researchers from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities collaborate. Its central research area is the study of fundamental principles of encoding, transmission and comprehension of information. Research at ILLC is interdisciplinary, and aims at bringing together insights from various disciplines concerned with information and information processing, including linguistics, cognitive science, philosophy, computer science and artificial intelligence. ILLC offers an international research environment with world-class faculty in all of its areas of specialization.


  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2836—€4474 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 21-7592


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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