Assistant Professor, Computational Linguistics [Tenure Track]

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, 2024, with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. 

The UBC student population is diverse and we encourage applications from individuals who reflect this diversity. We welcome applications from members of groups that have been traditionally marginalized in STEM and academia on grounds including, but not limited to: 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, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable, confidential accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process. Please contact us to request accommodation. 


Necessary Qualifications 

Candidates must: 

  • have or be near completion of a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field. 
  • demonstrate potential for high-quality research in Computational Linguistics 
  • show the ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, primarily in Computational Linguistics, and focusing on data-driven machine-learning methods using Python. 


Desirable Qualifications 

While not necessary, we especially encourage applicants who can demonstrate the following qualifications: 

  • The ability to combine insights from Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing with traditional areas of linguistic enquiry. 
  • Experience working with industry partners. 


The Master of Data Science Program in Computational Linguistics 

The Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics (MDS-CL) ( is a joint effort between the Department of Linguistics and the Departments of Computer Science and Statistics, and is invested in training Master’s students to become professional data scientists with experience in linguistic analysis.  The successful candidate will join a dedicated team of both research and educational leadership faculty members in this professional program and is expected to teach courses in the MDS-CL program, as well as in the Linguistics program.  As a research-stream faculty member, the candidate will also be expected to supervise students at both the Master’s and Ph.D. levels. 


The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia 

Our 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 engaged in 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. 


How to Apply 

Applicants are asked to provide the following, along with any additional supporting documents (max. file size 3MB per document):  

  • a letter of application  
  • curriculum vitae  
  • a 1-2-page research statement 
  • samples (up to three) of published or unpublished scholarship 
  • a 1-2-page teaching statement, which includes mention of at least 2 courses in the MDS-CL program that the candidate is qualified to teach 
  • record of courses taught (if not already included in the CV) and evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, etc.) 
  • a 1-2-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.  


Application materials (except for letters of recommendation) must be submitted online at, by December 8, 2023.  


In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately by the same date directly to: (with “Computational Linguistics Assistant Professor Search” in the subject line). Enquiries addressed to Dr. Lisa Matthewson, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Katherine Riddell, 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. Along with salary, UBC faculty are entitled to a number of benefits including health, pension, and life insurance (