Call for PhD positions is open!

In a previous post, we announced that in September we would be offering a PhD position. Now it is finally open, and here we offer some more details about it: what we expect from the candidate, what can she or he expect from us, and how to apply.

There has been an opening for a PhD position in formal semantics and pragmatics, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

We are looking for a candidate who has a strong record, has completed an MA in linguistics (or similar), is interested in (formal) semantics and (experimental) pragmatics, and has some command of Spanish and/or Basque as well as fluency in English.

The offer is a 4-year contract to be carried out at the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz, with a yearly salary of €16,400 before taxes.

The main goal of this contract is for the young researcher to complete his/her dissertation in a topic within the following domains:

– Interaction between meaning types (at issue, implicature, presupposition)
– Gradability
– Modality
– Discourse structure

The PhD candidate is going to work within the project “SOBRE LA INTERACCIÓN ENTRE TIPOS DE SIGNIFICADO: COMPOSICIONALIDAD Y ESTRUCTURA DEL DISCURSO” (FFI2015-66732-P), hosted at the University of the Basque Country, which includes 3 senior researchers (Elena Castroviejo -Principal Investigator-, Laia Mayol and Berit Gehrke) and a PhD student (Zoltan Zato).

More information about the project:

The young researcher is expected to:

  • Commit to completing his/her dissertation in 4 years.
  • Enroll in the PhD Program in Linguistics at the University of the Basque Country.
  • Actively participate in the scientific activities organized by the Group of Theoretical Linguistics (HiTT) and the PhD program (courses, seminars, reading groups, workshops, etc.).
  • Go to approx. 2 research stays in prestigious international institutions (to be decided depending on the topic of dissertation).
  • Take part in additional educational activities (e.g. summer schools, conferences, etc.).
  • Present his/her own work at the HiTT seminar and in conferences (in due time).
We offer the young researcher:
  • Full commitment towards his/her education and completion of dissertation.
  • Research and economic support to carry out scientific activities.
  • A dynamic and laid-back scientific environment.
The candidate has to apply through the following website:

This is a competitive 2-phase procedure. First, the candidate must upload his/her application along with some documents, including CV, MA certificate, and ID. This process will determine whether the candidate is eligible. In a second phase, the Principle Investigator of the project will evaluate and rate the different applications, and propose a first and second candidates.

Important dates:

– deadline of application: September 27th, 2016

– estimated starting date: January 1st, 2017

We encourage any interested candidates to contact Elena Castroviejo ( as soon as possible if they intend to apply.