Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics

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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 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.