Nov 152016
 

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, 2017, with appointment at the rank of Instructor. The successful candidate should have a primary specialization in Computational Linguistics, with a demonstrated ability to teach courses in Computational Linguistics with knowledge in at least three of the following areas: computational morphology, computational pragmatics, computational semantics, syntax and parsing, machine learning, and machine translation. We especially encourage applicants who have experience combining insights from Computational Linguistics with traditional areas of linguistic enquiry, and experience in the tech industry is considered an asset. 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 educational leadership, especially in the area of curriculum or program development, and teaching of a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of excellent teaching, service, and educational leadership.

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 Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

The Department of Linguistics is designing a new Professional Master in Computational Linguistics, and the successful applicant will play a formative role in the development of this program and its curriculum, and is expected to hold significant administrative responsibility for the program. The successful applicant will teach and participate in the Department’s graduate and undergraduate programs. Teaching and research in the Department cover a broad range of subfields in linguistics, and approach 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.

Applicants are asked to provide: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, representative samples of published or unpublished work, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, along with any additional supporting documents (max. file size 3MB per document).Applications must be submitted electronically, via email to: edna.dharmaratne@ubc.ca (with “Computational Linguistics Search” in the subject line), by December 15, 2016. In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately by the same date to the email address above. Enquiries addressed to Dr. Bryan Gick, Chair of the Search Committee and Head of Department, c/o Mrs. Edna Dharmaratne, Administrator, may be sent to the same email address.

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

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.