3 PhD positions on the Evolution of Combinatorial Speech

Just a quick announcement that might very well be of interest to some readers of this blog: Bart de Boer (of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium) is looking for 3 PhD students for his ERC project ABACUS (Advancing Behavioral and Cognitive Understanding of Speech). The project is about investigating (the evolution of) cognitive adaptations for dealing with combinatorial speech. It uses a combination of iterated learning experiments, individual learning experiments and computational modeling.

Each PhD project focuses on one of the approaches:

  • iterated learning
  • individual learning
  • computational modeling

But it is envisaged that the PhD students interact in their research. The PhDs are paid a stipend of around 36.000 euros (before taxes) per year, and there is additional money for travel and research assistants.

More information, and instructions on how to apply can be found at http://ai.vub.ac.be/members/bart under “vacancies”.

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