Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago seeks to fill a tenure-track assistant professor position with an expected start date of July 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. We are looking for a candidate whose primary interests are in computational linguistics (including modeling). The successful candidate will have a desire and ability to explore the interaction between traditional linguistic theory and analysis, on the one hand, and cutting edge technologies involving machine learning, data sciences, or other computational approaches, on the other. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing and strengthening our graduate and undergraduate curriculum in computational linguistics, and will interact with colleagues engaged in theoretical, experimental, and descriptive linguistics. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of scholars interested in computation and computational modeling at the University of Chicago, as well as at the Toyota Technological Institute-Chicago. The teaching load for tenure-track positions is typically four courses per year, graduate and undergraduate levels; additional responsibilities include service on departmental and university committees and advising. A PhD is required by the start date of appointment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and descriptions in separate documents of their research interests and of their teaching interests and experience (that is, research and teaching statements). In the cover letter, applicants must provide a URL on which they have posted their research that they believe is most relevant to this search. Ideally they will place both papers (in pdf form) and work describing computational projects. Three letters of recommendation are also required, and the cover letter should include the names of three academic references who applicants have asked to send letters.

All materials, except for recommendation letters, must be submitted electronically at, for posting 03522. Letters of recommendation should be sent by the letter writers to The Department will begin evaluating applications on December 1, 2017, and will continue to receive applications until January 30, 2018. No application materials will be accepted after January 30, 2018.

The Department will interview candidates at the LSA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, January 4-7, 2018, and will also conduct interviews by Skype.

Position is contingent upon budgetary approval. For questions about the position, please contact John Goldsmith at


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