Linguistics (Postdoctoral position)

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, 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,

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


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.