Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Linguistics

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The Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, invites applications for two (2) one-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computational Linguistics, to commence no later than August 1, 2019.

These positions may be renewed for up to two years subject to budgetary approval and positive appraisal of research progress and teaching.The successful candidates must hold a PhD (or expect to have successfully defended prior to the position start date) in a relevant area with a publication record in major CL/NLP conferences (e.g. ACL, COLING, etc.). They should have experience building computational models of natural language using Python, and have experience running programming labs or other hands-on seminars. Significant experience building neural network models, serving as a class instructor, or creating curriculum relevant to computational linguistics would all be major assets for this position. Multidisciplinary experience (i.e. teaching or research involving more than one department) would also be very desirable.

The Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to participate actively in curriculum design and teaching in the Linguistics department, with particular focus on the new Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics (MDS-CL) program, which would include collaboration with other Master of Data Science instructors from Linguistics, Statistics, and Computer Science. Fellows will also carry out CL/NLP research in collaboration with the Computational Linguistics faculty members. The successful candidates are expected to assist with the supervision of undergraduate and graduate research assistants and teaching assistants.

Information about the Department and faculty research can be found on our website,, and further information about the MDS-CL Program, can be found at There will be some support for research-associated costs, including conference travel.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research plans, a one-page teaching statement, evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness, 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 any other pertinent information (e.g. links to relevant CL research projects). Application materials should be submitted online at Applicants should also provide the names and contact information for three referees who could provide confidential letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin soon after May 3, 2019 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.