Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Computational Linguistics (tenure track)

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The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Computational Linguistics to begin January 1, 2021, with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching.

 

Job Description

  • The successful candidate will be joining the team of faculty and staff who run UBC’s Master of Data Science – Computational Linguistics.
  • The rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching is a classification within what UBC terms the “Educational Leadership” stream. The primary responsibilities of this position involve teaching and educational leadership, rather than research.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of excellent (1) teaching, which will include a variety of courses, mostly at the graduate level within the Master of Data Science – Computational Linguistics program, but potentially also outside the program at the undergraduate level, as well as graduate advising (2) educational leadership, especially in the area of curriculum or program development, and (3) service (typical service includes participating in departmental meetings, serving on select departmental / faculty / university committees)
  • As this is a tenure-track position, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with UBC’s Collective Agreement.

 

Necessary Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field with a primary specialization in Computational Linguistics or Natural Language Processing.
  • Candidates should have knowledge of machine learning techniques and be familiar with at least two of the following areas: computational morphology, computational pragmatics, computational semantics, parsing, sentiment analysis, speech technology, information extraction, and machine translation.
  • Candidates should have experience building data-driven computational models of natural language using Python.
  • Candidates should have experience running programming labs or other hands-on seminars.
  • Candidates are expected to demonstrate a record of or strong potential for high-quality teaching, service, and educational leadership that is inclusive and welcoming to students from a variety of backgrounds.

 

Desirable but not Necessary Qualifications

  • Significant experience building neural network models.
  • Industry experience.
  • Ability to complement the Department’s existing strengths in research and teaching (see below).
  • Ability to make links with other units on campus.

 

About the UBC Department of Linguistics

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 has a long history of work on Indigenous languages of the Americas, with a particular focus on the First Nations languages of western Canada, and African languages.

The Computational Linguistics research at the Department centers on computational socio-pragmatics and computational morphology with a focus on deep representation learning and NLP for low-resource languages.

See the Department website (http://www.linguistics.ubc.ca) for further details.

 

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to provide all of the following:

  • a letter of application that describes how they fit the position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a 1-2 page statement of vision for computational linguistics education (describing, for instance, the applicant’s perspective on what data science is, what they think people need to learn about computational linguistics at the master’s level, what/how to teach in ways that are responsive to industry needs);
  • a 1-2 page statement of past and/or potential contributions to educational leadership;
  • a 1-2-page statement about their experience working with a diverse student body and their contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching evaluation scores / reports, sample course materials, examples of curriculum development, etc.);

 

And arrange for:

  • three confidential signed letters of recommendation.

Please use PDF file format for all application materials.

 

Application materials (except for letters of recommendation) must be submitted online at https://ling.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=2715.

 

 

Letters of recommendation should be sent separately to ling.admin@ubc.ca.

 

Review of applications will begin soon after August 23, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Additional Information

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.

 

Enquiries addressed to Dr. Carla Hudson Kam, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Vicki Ferguson, Manager of Administration, may be sent to ling.admin@ubc.ca.

 

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

Lecturer in Speech Sciences

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The Department of Linguistics at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a Lecturer position in Speech Sciences commencing September 1, 2020.

 

This is a part-time position (0.75 FTE) for a term of three years, which entails a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments without review (i.e. non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. The workload for the Lecturer position includes teaching plus service.

 

A full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for 24 teaching credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) and service assignments, based on a 3-3 load in the Winter sessions and 2 courses in the Summer sessions. In cases where extraordinary additional administrative responsibilities are assigned by the Head, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted. For the 2020-2021 year, this position is expected to teach 18 credits (six 3-credit courses), based on a 2-3 load in the Winter session, and 1 course in a Summer session. This position is also expected to support course and curriculum (re)design activities within the department.

 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics and are expected to demonstrate a record of high-quality teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Experience teaching both large and small courses in a linguistics department is strongly preferred. Successful applicants must provide evidence of excellent teaching ability and a strong track record of full participation in team work and program affairs, and have the ability to engage with diverse student populations and ability to contribute, through teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Training and experience in computer-assisted teaching, community-based learning, student-centered learning, task-based instruction, and curriculum development is an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, active engagement in professional development and curriculum design/development of teaching materials, as well as fully participate in department affairs and service.

 

The ideal candidate should be able to teach introductory or general linguistics courses as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in at least three of the four following areas: (i) experimental phonetics, (ii) statistics and research methods for linguistics (iii) acoustic and articulatory phonetics, (iv) clinical speech science. A candidate who is a native/fluent speaker-linguist of a less-studied language, or who has substantial field expertise with a language of Asia would be additionally preferred.

 

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 (https://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, statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement about their experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion, and other evidence of teaching effectiveness (max. file size 3MB per document). Applicants should also provide the names and contact information for three referees who could provide confidential letters of recommendation. Applications must be submitted online at https://ling.air.arts.ubc.ca/lecturer-speech-sciences/.

 

Review of applications will begin soon after August 23, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

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.