Linguistics – Language Acquisition (Assistant Professor)

The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Language Acquisition (first language acquisition and possibly also second language acquisition in children) with a specialization in phonology or morpho-phonology to begin July 1, 2018. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a closely related field and are expected to demonstrate a record of high-quality research and a record of or potential for excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, graduate supervision, service, and teaching at all levels. They will be expected to contribute to teaching in the Speech Sciences Major ( in addition to the Linguistics Major ( undergrad/prospective-students/linguistics-program-description/), and may also participate in other programs administered by the Department.

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 ( for further details. Candidates that can bridge areas and make links with other units on campus are especially welcome.

Applicants should apply by December 8, 2017 through the UBC Faculty careers website: and they must be prepared to upload in the order listed: a letter of application including a clear description of how they can contribute to the Speech Sciences Major, a curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, two samples of published or unpublished scholarship, up to two additional supporting documents (max. file size 3MB per document), and evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available. Review of applications will begin after December 8 and will continue until the position is filled.

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately by the same date via email to: (with “Acquisition Linguistics Search” in the subject line) to the email address above. Enquiries addressed to Dr. Carla Hudson Kam, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Vicki Ferguson, Department Administrator, 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, M├ętis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.