Holland: PhD student ‘Emergence of Structures in Speech Signals’

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The NWO project A Computational Model of
Language Acquisition aims to develop a computational model of language
acquisition. The project team will comprise a postdoc and two PhD
students. The PhD student will conduct computer simulations to
investigate the emergence and development of neural representations of
speech signals. In the first year the focus will be on representations
of rhythm and intonation that a foetus is already able to form. The
following years will be devoted to research addressing the segmentation
of continuous speech signals into word-like units and the emergence of
sub-word representations. In addition to designing and conducting the
computer simulations, the PhD student is expected to have completed a
PhD thesis on the topic by the end of the contract.


University Graduate
The successful
candidate has a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive
Psychology, Pattern Recognition, or Computer Science. She/he has
excellent writing skills and is fluent in English.


Radboud University Nijmegen Faculty of Arts
Strategically located in Europe, Radboud
University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the
Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education
and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings
with state-of-art facilities.

The Faculty of Arts consists of eleven
departments in the area of language and culture, history, history of
arts, linguistics and business communication, which together cater for
about 2,700 students and collaborate closely in teaching and research.
The project will be carried out at the research institute Centre for
Language Studies as part of the Linguistic Information Processing and
Grammar and Cognition research programmes.

Conditions of employment

Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: Initial contract for 1.5 years, possibility for an extension with two years.
Maximum hours per week: 40


Additional conditions of employment:
The starting gross salary is € 2.000 euro per month based upon a full-time employment.

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 15-08-2008 by sending your application to:

Faculteit der Letteren
RU Nijmegen Faculty of Arts, Personell Department
Postbus 9103 6500 HD Nijmegen

E-mail address: vacatures@let.ru.nl

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number 23.31.08.
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