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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, 2018, with appointment at the rank of Instructor (in UBC’s Educational Leadership stream; see: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/all-our-programs/teaching-and- educational-leadership/).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. 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, in collaboration with the Master of Data Science (Departments of Computer Science and Statistics) is developing a new professional master-level stream in Computational Linguistics. The successful candidate 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 candidate will also teach and participate in the Department’s academic graduate and undergraduate programs, with a focus on educational leadership. 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.

Applicants are asked to provide: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier (including a teaching statement, course evaluations, example of pedagogical materials, examples of any published or unpublished scholarship of teaching and learning), and a statement of past and potential contributions to educational leadership (maximum one page), 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 August 16, 2017.

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. Applicants should ensure that referees are aware that this is a position in the Educational Leadership stream and should accordingly provide evidence with a focus on teaching and educational leadership. Enquiries addressed to Dr. Bryan Gick, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o 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.

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.