Postdoctoral Fellow in the Foundations of Mind

first_imgProf. Ian Phillips ,Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Brain Sciences,together with the Foundations of MindGroup at Johns Hopkins University, invites applications for aPostdoctoral Fellow in the Foundations of Mind for a target startdate of 1 Sept 2020.The Foundationsof Mind Group is a vibrant interdisciplinary group, connectingfaculty, post-docs, and graduate students across the university whoare interested in philosophical and methodological questionsconcerning the mind-brain. Its core faculty are appointed in theDepartments of Philosophy, Psychological and Brain Sciences,Cognitive Science (including Linguistics) as well as the ZanvylKrieger Mind-Brain Institute. The group collaborates, co-teaches,co-advises, organizes reading groups, and sponsors talks and otherevents. Current group members include Professors Steven Gross, ChazFirestone, Barbara Landau, Elanor Taylor, Lisa Feigenson, MichaelMcCloskey, Hanna Pickard, Justin Bledin, Jonathan Flombaum, PaulSmolensky, Christopher Fetsch, Marina Bedny, Kyle Rawlins, HowardEgeth and Justin Halberda.The ideal applicant will have a Ph.D. in philosophy, psychology, orcognitive science. Their research agenda should address a topicrelated to the interests of Prof. Phillips and/or other members ofthe group. The research should seek to combine perspectives frommore than one of group’s constituent disciplines, and should yieldpublications that embody this interdisciplinary perspective.The candidate will be expected to play an active role in thegroup’s core activities, including helping to organize an annualworkshop on a topic of interest to both candidate and group. Thecandidate will be appointed in one of the group’s constituentfaculties and will have opportunities to collaborate with Prof.Phillips and other members of the group. They will also have theopportunity to teach (or co-teach) one course during each year ofthe Fellowship.The position is anticipated to begin on 1 Sept 2020. The positionis fully funded, and the initial appointment is for one year withthe possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance.Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of theappointment and they may not be employed by another institutionduring that term. Johns Hopkins offers competitive salary andemployee benefits.To learn more about the position and its potential opportunities,please write to: [email protected] .Applications are welcome from candidates who will have a Ph.D. inphilosophy, psychology, or cognitive science by 1 Sept 2020.Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’sprevious accomplishments, the promise of their proposed researchproject, and the applicant’s ability to contribute to theintellectual life of the Foundations of Mind group at both anindividual and collective level.A complete application will include the following materials: A short covering letterA current CVCopies of graduate transcript(s)A representative publication or manuscriptA research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words) to include (i)indicative title for the project, (ii) relevant researchbackground, (iii) explanation of how the project connects to theresearch of one or more group members and combines perspectivesfrom more than one of the group’s constituent disciplines.Contact details for three referees who will be contacteddirectly. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.However, the selection committee will begin reviewing applicationsimmediately and for best consideration candidates should apply byDecember 16 2019.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

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Defying Uni’s advice: student jobs

first_imgOxford students are taking on paid jobs during term time, despite measures taken by the University to discourage part-time work.A Cherwell investigation has shown that the majority of students who work during their time at the University do not have serious financial troubles, but appreciate being able to make some money to spend on recreational activities. Others cited various reasons for working, such as social benefits.The students take up a variety of jobs, ranging from staffing Oxford’s cafes, through representing major companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, to working in departmental libraries.One second-year student who works in Argos had previously worked for the company before coming to Oxford. He said, “At home all my friends have part time jobs while at uni so it’s the done thing to try and get by. I really enjoy working and it’s nice feeling good at your job when you’re maybe not doing so well at a particular week’s work.”He claims working does not interfere with his studies saying, “I can balance my time and know how I work so it usually levels out.“There are certain weeks which can be quite heavy and it’s definitely not fun getting up after a Bop and heading straight to Customer Services but I am glad I work. It gives me a sense of achievement and use, separate to my degree. I don’t understand why there is such a stigma attached to the subject at this university.”However, a spokesperson from the University emphasized, “Students are discouraged from working during term time as terms are short… the holiday periods are therefore long, giving many students the opportunity to take up paid work outside term time. If a student is worrying about finances the University and colleges would prefer they came to talk about the wide range of financial support available.” Other jobs taken up by students include tutoring for companies such as Bright Young Things and freelance work over the internet. Tara Isabella Burton, a second year Oriel student has earned $2053 in the last six months through elance.com commissions. Her tasks included editing a novel and writing articles for travel websites.While Oxford strongly discourages students from working outside of the University, many students are employed by their college or University faculties.One third-year student who works for her faculty library for an hour and a half a week said she decided to work because “the job was advertised and I thought it would be a good, constructive thing to do in Oxford that wasn’t related to academic studies. The pay is good too.”Liam Milner, a St. Anne’s student, described his experiences of working for the college telethon. He worked for two weeks and was paid £7 an hour for his efforts. Students were also provided with free accommodation by the college.He said, “The main bulk of the telethon didn’t really interfere with my work, because it was mainly in the evenings and left plenty of time during the day for working. I thought the extra weekend was a little more problematic, however, as it rather got in the way of what could’ve been a far more productive couple of days.“One thing I would say is that I don’t think I could do any regular work for college, working behind the bar for instance, because I think it would get in the way with both work and socialising. The telethon was fine though, and I couldn’t turn down £500 for two weeks work.”Some students operate their own companies during term time. Duncan Turnbull from Brasenose and Lincolnite Oliver Bridge set up their own companies before coming to the University and now they continue to manage them on part-time basis. Turnbull even confessed to the Financial Times that the tutors at Brasenose college provided him with additional support by allowing him to take time off, while he should have been studying.Students are divided over whether working can realistically be balanced with studies. One third-year St. Hilda’s student commented, “There is a difference between existing and enjoying life. Grants and loans provide students with enough money to eat but students want to be able to have nights out and buy new clothes, especially at Oxford where we have so many wealthy students supported by their parents.”“I think that if someone has time to work during term time they obviously have an issue with either their university work or their social life,” said another third year Orientalist.Sarah Reder, a second year student said, “Some students play a few different sports and dedicate up to fifteen hours a week to extracurricular activities. Why can’t a student with financial incentives dedicate the same time to paid work?” Many Oxford students choose to work for catering companies, both in the holidays and during term time. Working hours are flexible and the majority of staff are students.One student explained her reasons for deciding to work for an Oxford-based catering company. “We had a lot of free time in Trinity as our exams were in Hilary and we didn’t have any tutes. Then someone mentioned this company and I thought why not?”The student, who is a scholar, believes working does not interfere with her studies, especially as her work is flexible. She thinks students should be able to work if they want to. “I think it’s a bit harsh that there is a strict rule, because to be honest there is not that much time, and I think students would only work when they have time.”While this student does not have pressing financial problems she added, “I guess I think its a bit unfair that someone who needed the money quite a lot would feel intimidated by the rules. I know the university claims there’s a lot of support, but I’m sure that there are still people struggling. And to be honest, Oxford claim we should be working just as hard in the holidays so does it really make a difference when we choose to earn money?”Some students are employed as campus representatives by high-profile companies, such PricewaterhouseCoopers. These students are paid well, up to £10 an hour and are expected to represent the firm by handing out fliers and organising events for up to 10 hours a week.One student who worked for a major firm in Oxford told Cherwell he took the job on mainly for the freebies and because he enjoyed the “freedom to organise events or whatever I wanted in Oxford.”He appreciated the flexible hours of the job and said the responsibility was probably similar to being president of a medium-sized society in Oxford. However, he said extracurricular activities do not have “pressure to do the hours” and are “not the same responsibility”. The student decided to give up because he felt working was interfering with his academic work, though he stressed this is probably different for people at various stages of their degree.last_img read more

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Bakers and franchising

first_imgFew bakers in the UK run a franchising operation and those that do, such as Wm Stephens in Scotland, Muffin Break, BB’s Coffee and Muffins and the various pasty franchises, are in a small minority.In January 2006, Euromonitor International reported that the ’bakery products fast food’ category, which includes sandwich chains Subway and Quiznos as well as Krispy Kreme, witnessed value growth of nearly 5% between 2003-04 in the US, whereas the burger and chicken fast food sectors showed only 1.6% and 2.8% value growth, respectively.”The high growth achieved by bakery fast food is even more remarkable considering that it is the second-largest fast food sector, following only burger restaurants,” it said. The most compelling reason for this was the ability to easily open new outlets. So, is there an untapped opportunity for bakers to go into franchising in the UK?”There have been bakeries that have tried franchising but it has never really taken off,” says Chris Dabner, parliamentary officer for the National Association of Master Bakers (NA). But with modern bake-off techniques it would be more feasible, he notes; all you’d have to provide would be a bake-off oven and product could be delivered frozen, if production and distribution are already in place.But its not just a case of “driving up and dropping off the product”, says André Sarafilovic, MD of Wm Stephens, which has 24 bakeries set up in Scottish convenience stores. These outlets require a separate management team with dedicated in-house telesales, to help with ordering, returns and sales projections, marketing and point-of-sale.”There’s a lot of back-office service work involved,” he says. “The big issue is the amount of time spent training the people at the sharp end on how to handle your product properly.”You have to bring your retail expertise to the customer. You have to convince the franchisee, or in our case, the convenience store operator, that you have a successful record in bakery retail before anybody will take you seriously.”Franchising is very much about repeating a successful model, rather than coming up with a notional model, agrees Phil Craston of Quiznos. “It’s about branding,” he says. “There might be a natural evolution where there is a bakery company with a name that’s recognised, which they could franchise off the back of. For every franchise there is a royalty to pay, so you need to be building a store that can operate well beyond its break-even point.”The initial outlay of anything from £50-£150,000 – for market research, pilot schemes and promotional material, training, forming a central management team and equipment – would put some bakers off. “Long-term, it can be very profitable, but there can be periods of negative trading at the beginning of a franchisor’s life, where there are a lot of costs to put the system in place and to support franchisees, while those franchisees are not sending a huge amount of money back to the franchisor,” says Dan Archer, head of marketing at the British Franchise Association. “If your aim is two to three outlets, then you’re better off borrowing the money; but if you want multiple units across the UK, franchising can help a business grow quickly.”What is franchising?Franchising involves granting a licence to others to sell your product or service. The term “franchising” has been used to describe many different forms of business relationships, including licensing, distributor and agency arrangements. ’Business format franchising’ is the granting of a licence by one person (the franchisor) to another (the franchisee), which entitles the franchisee to trade under the name of the franchisor. This comprises an entire package to establish an untrained person in the business and to run it with continual assistance, and involves charging an initial fee to set up and commanding continuing fees for the support.So why expand through franchising? The franchisor retains control over his products and services. Since franchisees invest their own money, they are likely to be highly motivated to succeed. Centralised costs and overheads are usually lower for a franchise network than for a network of company-owned outlets. The downside is that the franchisor will need to commit substantial amounts of time and money before the income stream begins.last_img read more

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Appointments

first_img== Tony Sharpe Renshaw ==Marzipans and ready-to-roll icings manufacturer Renshaw has appointed Tony Sharpe as managing director.Prior to joining Renshaw, Sharpe was managing director of distiller G&J Greenalls and previously held a number of consulting projects for Unilever and Vodaphone. He has also held senior management positions with The Coca-Cola Company and Joshua Tetley.== Alan Browne Allied Bakeries Ireland ==Allied Bakeries Ireland has promoted Alan Browne to the role of operations manager for the company. He is responsible for leading, motivating and developing the operations team to deliver a profitable, growing business and will support the managing director.Browne has worked for Allied Bakeries for five years, starting out as bakeries technical manager.== Roger Whiteside Greggs ==Greggs has appointed Roger Whiteside as an additional non-executive director to the company’s board with effect from 17 March. Whiteside was chief executive of the Thresher Group off-licence chain from 2004 to 2007 and was previously one of the founders of online grocer Ocado. On his appointment, he will also be a member of Greggs’ audit, nominations and remuneration committees.== Phil Orford Forum of Private Business ==The new chief executive of the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is Phil Orford. The FPB represents 25,000 small and medium-sized companies across the UK, fighting for fair treatment of private businesses and supporting its members.Orford formed his own business in 1983 and has since been involved in the development of several firms.last_img read more

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News story: UK Space Agency hosts Government Chief Scientific Adviser

first_imgDr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said:“The Harwell Space Cluster boasts world-leading skills, with a rapidly growing group of 80 space organisations employing 800 people. From start-ups to multinationals, and academia to national R&D facilities, the cluster is a vital part of the UK Space Agency’s ambition to grow Britain’s share of the global space market to 10% by 2030.“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to introduce Dr Vallance to some of the jewels in the crown of the UK space sector.”Dr Patrick Vallance said:“My first impression is I’m impressed by the business opportunity in the space sector being bigger than people might realise. The second is the ability to have a facility like the Harwell Space Cluster that supports businesses by providing the sort of infrastructure and basic scientific and technical knowledge that businesses can’t just get going themselves is critically important.“There’s a very strong academic sector that feeds into the space sector and that’s a really important basis for growth in this area. If there was ever an opportunity for a business sector to grow this looks like one of them.”The role of the GCSA is to advise the Prime Minister and government on all matters related to science and technology and to ensure that policies and decisions are informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking.The GCSA is head of the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) profession and Co-chair of the independent Council for Science and Technology which provides high level advice to the Prime Minister. Dr Vallance, who took up the role of GCSA in April, visited the Satellite Applications Catapult, where he met UK Space Agency Chief Executive Dr Graham Turnock along with UK Space Agency directors Catherine Mealing-Jones and Chris Castelli, Stuart Martin, Chief Executive of the Satellite Applications Catapult and Keira Shepperson, a member of the UK Space Agency Audit Committee.He was also given a tour of STFC RAL Space’s R100 building by STFC RAL Space Director Dr Christopher Mutlow where he met Ben Olivier, Chief Executive of Thales Alenia Space UK, and Professor Andrew Holland from the Space Action Network (SPAN).last_img read more

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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers

first_imgNHS Test and Trace is making weekly COVID-19 testing available to all homecare workers in Care Quality Commission (CQC)-registered domiciliary care organisations.All registered homecare agencies will be contacted with details of how to apply for test kits for their carers. Homecare agencies will be responsible for ordering and distributing tests to all homecare workers for them to conduct at home on a weekly basis.Homecare worker testing should only be conducted on: Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays (if the homecare worker is able to access a priority post box with Sunday collections) Regular testing for coronavirus is also now available to personal assistants supporting adults over 18 in England.WebinarsFor more information you can join our webinars, which will be hosted every Tuesday and Thursday.Sign up for the webinarslast_img read more

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Aryzta Europe revenue falls 22% due to Covid restrictions

first_imgSource: AryztaOrganic revenue at Aryzta’s European operations fell by 21.8% for the first half of its financial year.In its H1 results the business revealed that revenue had declined to €631.7m (£453.6m) for the 26 weeks ending 30 January 2021 with underlying EBITDA falling 39.1% to €59.1m (£42.4m).Volume declines were the main driver behind the drop, Aryzta said, as Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns continued to impact the region, particularly those geographies operating in the foodservice channel. Retail and quick service restaurants (QSR) proved to be more resilient, it added.However, the firm said H1 revenue and EBITDA performance was ‘ahead of expectations’. Total group revenue fell 22.4% to €1,285.9m (£923.4m).This improved performance reflects cost reductions through the simplification of the business model and reporting structure, it added. Management at the frozen bakery specialist took decisive action to maximise cash and reduce costs after it reported a net loss of €18m for the 2020 financial year.It comes as Aryzta signs a disposal agreement for the North American businesses for $850m (£610m) to an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg LLC. It marks an ‘important milestone’ in rebuilding the company, it said, as it had set a target of €600m to €800m of proceeds from selected assets disposal to ‘reduce debt and repair the balance sheet’. The sale of businesses in Latin America remains a focus, it added.“Today’s results highlight the significant progress achieved as a result of our strategy to simplify the business and to de-risk the balance sheet with the sale of our North American business for $850m,” said Aryzta chairman and interim CEO Urs Jordi.He added that the progress to date validates the “overwhelming shareholder vote for change” and the renewed board’s decision to reject the proposal to sell the entire business.“We can now focus on delivering the necessary operational improvements and returning to organic growth as we leverage the significant broad bakery experience to improve shareholder returns. Delivery of our targets will ensure we rebuild trust and credibility with investors, lenders, customers, suppliers and employees as both are in need of repair after years of disregard,” Jordi added.Board changesFormer CEO Kevin Toland exited the business last year leading Jordi to step into the role while a permanent replacement is found. The management shake-up also saw Jonathan Solesbury made interim CFO following the departure of Frederic Pflanz, as well as the appointment of a chief restructuring officer and chief transformation officer.“The renewed board now consist of strong bakery, finance and turnaround expertise which will greatly assist the company on its way forward. Significant senior management changes have been made to execute the strategy. Aryzta now has a much more agile and lean organization in place which will positively impact the value creation objectives of the Board,” Aryzta stated.last_img read more

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Make Your January Plan

first_imgWe’ve got over 70 events on offer to help you learn essential research skills, prepare for your career, make new connections, or just relax and have some fun.GSAS students never really take a “break” from their research, of course, but with teaching and grading responsibilities on hiatus, [email protected] creates good opportunities for skill-building and professional activities — as well as some necessary downtime.Here are some of the events on offer this January:Personal Money ManagementPerformance Techniques for TeachersFellowship Proposals BootcampComputational Science VenturesReal-Life Stories from the Academic Job SearchRe-Tooling: The Nonacademic Job SearchOvercoming the Imposter SyndromeThe Winter GIS InstituteHoughton Seminars:WinterFest for Kids!Counteracting StressFrom Dissertation to Booklast_img read more

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News launches RSS service

first_img News launches RSS service In an effort to keep Florida lawyers better informed about news and events that impact the profession, selected Florida Bar News articles will be made available through an RSS feed beginning September 1.Never heard of an RSS feed? Don’t worry, you are not alone. RSS is an emerging technology that allows Web sites to automatically deliver updated information directly to your computer. RSS stands for rich site summary and is a format for syndicating news and other information.RSS feeds are free content delivered from Web sites that contain article headlines, summaries, and links back to full-text articles on the Web. It is an easy way for users to be alerted when content that interests them appears on their favorite sites. Instead of visiting a particular site to browse for new articles, RSS automatically alerts you when something new is posted online. “Adding an RSS component to our traditional twice a month publication will enhance our ability to quickly deliver news, columns, and other information that may help advance the education, competence, and ethical practice of Florida lawyers,” said News Managing Editor Mark Killian. “It should be particularly helpful to get information to our members quickly during the legislative sessions when news breaks between the regular news cycle of our print editions.”To start using RSS to receive News stories, you need a special news reader aggregator that displays RSS content feeds from Web sites you select. To download a free RSS Reader go to www.rssreader.com/. Click on the download icon on the left navigation bar and follow the instructions to install on your PC.Once you have downloaded and installed the RSS reader software, there will be an icon on your desktop. You can double click on the icon to open the reader and begin adding RSS feeds to your reader software.Here are some suggested legal feeds to help get you started.• The Florida Bar News — www.flabar.org/DIVCOM/JN/JNNews01.nsf/TFBFeed.xml. Enter this link directly into your RSS reader by going to the add (+) icon (With this link you do not have to go to the browser and look for the XML or RSS icon.)• The Florida Bar Announcements — www.flabar.org/DIVCOM/PI/TFBAnnounce.nsf/TFBFeed.xml Enter this link directly into your RSS reader by going to the Add (+) icon (With this link you do not have to go to the browser and look for the XML or RSS icon.)• ABA Law Practice Technology Today Headlines Feed — www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/home.html.• Robert Ambrogi’s Law Sites — www.legaline.com/lawsites.html.• Cornell Law School Supreme Court Decisions —http://supct.law.cornell.edu:8080/supct/rss/0.91/supct_today.rss Enter this link directly into your RSS reader by going to the Add (+) icon (With this link you do not have to go to the browser and look for the XML or RSS icon.)For more information, search the internet for “RSS feeds,” “RSS reader,” or “RSS information.” News launches RSS service August 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

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