Nov 282018

Applications are being sought by the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University for a continuing teaching faculty position (Lecturer) in the Department of Linguistics with dedicated workload in the Cognitive Science Program, starting July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will teach half time in Linguistics and half time in SFU’s Cognitive Science Program. The standard course-load for a Lecturer at SFU is 8 courses per year or equivalent.

Applications are invited from candidates with expertise in experimental and/or computational methods in linguistics and cognitive science. The ideal candidate will be able to teach a subset of lower-division courses in the two programs, including existing courses such as Exploring the Mind, Language and Communication, Learning in Everyday Life, and Foundations in Cognitive Science, while participating in the development of a new lower-division course in experimental/computational methods in linguistics. The ideal candidate will also participate in the development and teaching of a subset of upper-division courses such as computational modeling of cognitive processes, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, as well as a capstone undergraduate course for cognitive science majors and minors. Ability to occasionally teach a core area of linguistics that contributes to cognitive science such as generative syntax, formal semantics, or theoretical phonology is a plus.

Linguistics at SFU (web page: offers both graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The department currently serves 275 undergraduate majors/minors and 50 graduate students.

Cognitive Science at SFU (web page: offers an undergraduate BA degree. Students in the program build their curriculum according to their interests, drawing on courses in Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, and Computing Science. The program currently serves 50 majors and minors.

Duties of the position will include undergraduate teaching in linguistics and cognitive science and participation in the collegial governance of the Department of Linguistics and the Cognitive Science Program. Applicants should have a completed PhD by time of appointment. This is an entry-level position. Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2019. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2019.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a summary of their demonstrated teaching experience and effectiveness, and the names and contact details of three academic references.

Please submit all application materials to Direct inquiries to Dr. Nancy Hedberg, Professor and Chair, at

Simon Fraser University is in the top ten research universities in Canada and has ranked first in Maclean’s Comprehensive category for many years. Located in Metro Vancouver, SFU has three campuses. Vancouver is consistently rated among the top three most livable cities in the world.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: