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.

Hello [MEAT]

Welcome to the blog of the project called “On the interaction between Meaning Types: compositionality and discourse structure” (MEAT), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) and hosted at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Its main goal is to do research in semantics and pragmatics, and more specifically, on the interactions between meaning conveyed at different levels (at issue, implicated, presupposed). To know more about the project, visit the about page. In alphabetical order, its researchers are the following: Berit Gehrke, Elena Castroviejo, Laia Mayol, and Zoltan Zato. In this blog, we will be reporting our research activities, so you can track our scientific whereabouts. If you are interested in what we are doing, don’t hesitate to contact us!