Applications are invited for a fully-funded 4-year PhD position in the field of Computational Linguistics, focusing on the intricate relationship between narratives and argumentation in persuasive communication. This research project aims to unravel the complexities of how narratives influence argumentation and persuasion. For example, by establishing connections between storytelling techniques and modes of persuasion. The research holds significant theoretical and practical implications, enriching rhetorical theories and providing insights for applications in conversational AI systems and text generation tools in various domains.
The PhD Project Under the supervision of Dr. Khalid Al Khatib, Dr. Federico Pianzola, and Prof. Malvina Nissim, you will work on an interdisciplinary project that involves developing computational methods for language analysis as well as conceptual models based on narrative and argumentation theories. Additionally, a dialogue with communication studies and research on persuasion is also extremely relevant.
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Organization Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high- quality teaching and research. Its 34,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study- and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center of knowledge: It belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide. The Faculty of Arts – which includes the Center for Language and Cognition (CLCG) – is located in the historic heart of the city of Groningen. You will be enrolled in the Graduate School for the Humanities, affiliated with the CLCG. CLCG engages in multidisciplinary linguistic, neuropsychological, and computational research on language and communication. You will work more closely with the Computational Linguistics group, consisting of 17 academic staff, 2 postdocs, and about 20 PhD students. You will also have the opportunity to join one of the National Research Schools, which offer training and funding opportunities for PhD students in the Netherlands.Qualifications
Required Academic Experience:
Candidates with the following additional experience are particularly encouraged to apply:
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The appointment will commence on 01 May 2024, at the latest. An earlier starting data is possible.Application
Your application packet (see submission instructions below) should include:
You may apply for this position until 7 January 11:59pm / before 8 January 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in the week 22-26 January 2024.
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