PhD Candidate for the project 'Modelling Common Ground for Theory of Mind'

PhD Candidate for the project 'Modelling Common Ground for Theory of Mind'

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30 May 16 Jun Leiden

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The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) are looking for a:

PhD Candidate for the project 'Modelling Common Ground for Theory of Mind'
Vacancy number: 13727

Job description

Key responsibilities
The candidate will design agent-based models and execute lab experiments in which humans and AI agents collaborate on various tasks. The aim is to study when and to what degree ‘common ground’ (or ‘shared intentionality’) emerges, and how this is affected by various factors such as memory, analogical reasoning, communication, and cultural transmission. Understanding this informs the creation of computational ToM models for agent-human collaboration.
The project takes place within the Hybrid Intelligence Centre (see below) and is jointly supervised by dr. Max van Duijn (Leiden University) and prof. Rineke Verbrugge (University of Groningen).


Leiden University


Selection Criteria
  • Background in AI, Computer Science, Computational Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Logic, or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Intrinsic drive to engage in interdisciplinary research
  • Motivated to play an active role within the HI consortium (see below)

Preferably, candidates have demonstrable experience in agent-based modelling and/or experimental work involving human participants. Initial selection takes place on the basis of a brief motivation letter, CV, a fragment of written work (e.g. master’s thesis, article, academic paper). Selected candidates will be invited to an on-site interview including a short presentation.

Conditions of employment

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary ranges from € 2,541,- to € 3,247,- gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and an end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), and opportunities for training, career development, and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training, and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by national research schools.

D&I statement
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

We aim to create hybrid intelligence for everyone, see also our Diversity Statement. To do this, we need an inclusive and diverse team of researchers. We especially encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply for this job.


Research at our faculty
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to contribute to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.
The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor's and twelve master's programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2.300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden's Bio Science Park, one of Europe's biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.
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  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • 13727



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