Department of Linguistics

Semantics (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

18 Oct, 2018

The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Formal Semantics to begin July 1, 2019, with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a closely related field, with a research specialization in formal semantics (possibly including formal pragmatics), and are expected to demonstrate a record of or strong potential for high-quality research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs and to participate in graduate supervision. The ideal candidate should be able to teach not only courses in semantics and pragmatics, but also introductory or general linguistics courses.

We especially encourage applicants whose research involves a focus on empirical issues and involves primary data collection, particularly involving fieldwork but also possibly including experimental research. A research focus on under-studied languages is an additional asset.

As this is a tenure-track position, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit:
http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

The Department covers a broad range of subfields in linguistics, and approaches these from a variety of perspectives, with particular strengths in formal-theoretical linguistics, fieldwork, experimental linguistics and language acquisition, and a developing research and teaching capacity in computational linguistics. The Department is a centre for the study of the Indigenous languages of the Americas with a particular focus on the First Nations languages of western Canada, and has a long history of work on African languages. See the Department website (http://www.linguistics.ubc.ca) for further details. Candidates who can complement existing strengths in research and teaching and make links with other units on campus are especially welcome.
Applicants are asked to provide: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements (including evidence of teaching effectiveness), no more than three samples of published or unpublished scholarship, along with any additional supporting documents (max. file size 3MB per document). Applications must be submitted online at https://ling.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=2091 by December 1, 2018.

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately by the same date to ling.admin@ubc.ca. Enquiries addressed to Dr. Lisa Matthewson, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Vicki Ferguson, Manager of Administration, may be sent to the same email address.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Computational Linguistics (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

5 Sep, 2018

The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Linguistics to begin July 1, 2019, with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field and are expected to demonstrate a record of or potential for high-quality research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, with a demonstrated ability to teach courses in at least three of the following areas: computational morphology, computational pragmatics, computational semantics, syntax and parsing, machine learning, machine translation, and low-resource languages. We especially encourage applicants who have experience combining insights from Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing with traditional areas of linguistic enquiry. Experience in the tech industry is considered an asset. The Department of Linguistics, in collaboration with the Master of Data Science (Departments of Computer Science and Statistics) has developed and is continuing to invest a new professional master-level stream in Computational Linguistics. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to this professional master-level program, as well as to the Linguistics Major (http://linguistics.ubc.ca/undergrad/prospective-students/linguistics-program-description/), the Speech Sciences Major (http://linguistics.ubc.ca/undergrad/prospective-students/speech-sciences-program-descriptions/) and the Cognitive Systems program (http://cogsys.ubc.ca/), and may participate in other programs administered by the Department as well.

As this is a tenure-track position, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

The Department covers a broad range of subfields in linguistics, and approaches these from a variety of perspectives, with particular strengths in formal-theoretical linguistics, experimental and field linguistics, language acquisition, and computational approaches to the study of communicative behaviour; the Department is a centre for the study of the indigenous languages of the Americas with a particular focus on the First Nations languages of western Canada, and has a long history of work on African languages. See the Department website (http://www.linguistics.ubc.ca) for further details. Candidates that can bridge areas and make links with other units on campus are especially welcome.

Applicants are asked to provide: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, research and teaching statements, no more than three samples of published or unpublished scholarship, along with any additional supporting documents (max. file size 3MB per document). Applications must be submitted online at https://ling.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=2080 by October 31, 2018.

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately by the same date to ling.admin@ubc.ca. Enquiries addressed to Dr. Rose-Marie Dechaine, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Vicki Ferguson, Manager of Administration, may be sent to the same email address.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Phonetics (Postdoctoral position)

16 Apr, 2018

The Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Phonetics, to commence no later than August 1, 2018. The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or expect to have successfully defended prior to the position start date) and must be within five years of having been awarded the PhD degree at the start of the position.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to participate actively in UBC’s Speech in Context Lab directed by Prof. Molly Babel. Expertise in the areas of auditory and acoustic phonetics are required, and interests in social and nonsocial sources of phonetic variation, psycholinguistics, and multilingualism are advantageous. The successful candidate is expected to assist in the direction of the lab as well as the supervision of undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be expected to teach three courses: two upper level undergraduate sections of Introduction to Phonetics and Speech Science (LING 313) and the first level graduate phonetics course (LING 508). There will also be opportunities for the Postdoctoral Fellow to interact with UBC colleagues on research and teaching. Information about the Department and faculty research can be found on our website, https://linguistics.ubc.ca. There will be some support for research-associated costs, including conference travel.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research plans, up to 2 sample publications, and evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness. Application materials should be submitted online at https://linguistics.ubc.ca/positions/postdoctoral. In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to:

Vicki Ferguson, Manager of Administration, Department of Linguistics, The University of British Columbia, ling.admin@ubc.ca.

Completed applications and reference letters must be received by June 1, 2018.  Please include “Phonetics Postdoc Search” in the email subject line. For questions about the position, please contact Professor Molly Babel at molly.babel@ubc.ca.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Linguistics (Sessional Lecturer)

8 Mar, 2018

The Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus), invites applications for a part-time sessional lecturer in Linguistics for the 2018 Summer session to teach the following course:

2018 Summer Term 2 (July 3 – August 18, 2018)
LING 222 (3) Language Acquisition

For more details on courses please see: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/Vancouver/courses.cfm?page=name&code=LING

Requirements: A Ph.D. in Linguistics (but will also consider applicants with a minimum qualification of ABD), expertise in the subject area of the advertised course, and teaching experience at college/university level.

The application dossier should include a letter of interest, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and addresses of three referees. All application materials should be submitted online at https://linguistics.ubc.ca/positions/sessional/.  The deadline for the receipt of applications is March 23, 2018.

For more information regarding the department please visit: http://linguistics.ubc.ca/

All positions are subject to availability of funds and will be governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Lecturers.” Effective July 1, 2018, the minimum salary is $6,915 per 3-credit course.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Linguistics (Postdoctoral position)

1 Dec, 2017

The Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Syntax-Pragmatics interface, to commence no later than July 1, 2018. The position may be renewed for up to two years subject to budgetary approval and positive appraisal of research progress and teaching. The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or expect to have successfully defended prior to the position start date) and must be within five years of having been awarded the PhD degree at the start of the position.

 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to participate actively in UBC’s eh-lab directed by Prof. Martina Wiltschko. Expertise in the areas of syntax of speech acts, sentence-final particles, clause-typing, biased questions, and/or the syntax-prosody interface is an advantage, as is experience with fieldwork and/or experimental work. The successful candidate is expected to assist in the direction of the lab as well as the supervision of research assistants.

 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be expected to teach up to three courses, including at least one research-based (pro-)seminar in a topic of their choice. There will also be opportunities for the Postdoctoral Fellow to interact with UBC colleagues on research and teaching. Information about the Department and faculty research can be found on our website, https://linguistics.ubc.ca. There will be some support for research-associated costs, including conference travel.

 

Applicants should submit a single .pdf file containing the following items (in the order listed): a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research plans, up to 2 sample publications, and evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness. In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to:

Vicki Ferguson, Administrator,
Department of Linguistics, The University of British Columbia, vicki.ferguson@ubc.ca.

Completed applications and reference letters must be received by January 15, 2018.  Please include “postdoc search” in the email subject line. For questions about the position, please contact Professor Martina Wiltschko at martina.wiltschko@ubc.ca.

 

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.