LINGUIST List 26.3069

Mon Jun 29 2015

Jobs: General Linguistics: Professor of Linguistics, Ecole normale superieure

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 29-Jun-2015
From: Search Committee Linguistics ENS <>
Subject: General Linguistics: Professor of Linguistics, Ecole normale superieure, Paris, France
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University or Organization: Ecole normale superieure
Department: Departement d'etudes cognitives
Job Location: Paris, France
Web Address:
Job Title: Professor of Linguistics

Job Rank: Assistant Professor; Associate Professor; Full Professor; Professeur des universités

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


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The Department of Cognitive Studies (DEC; at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris anticipates that it will advertise a professorship in formal or experimental linguistics in Fall 2015 (for a starting date in Fall 2016).

The position will be either at the senior level (‘Professeur’), or at the junior level (‘Maître de Conférences’), depending on the field of potential applicants. (An ‘open rank’ search is not possible and thus the level will be determined before the position is officially advertised.)

While the precise job description will become available only when the position is officially granted to DEC, it will probably include the following desiderata:

– A strong research record, as evidenced by publications in top-ranked international peer-reviewed journals;
– For senior applicants, a strong teaching record at the advanced undergraduate (corresponding to beginning ENS students) and graduate level;
– An ability to teach in French within one year of the starting date, and to play an active role in shaping the linguistics curriculum within ENS and in associated MA programs;
– An ability to take an active part in the organization of the DEC-Linguistics group, which comprises several teams (; and to take on administrative responsibilities within DEC;
– An ability to interact productively with partner teams within DEC and more broadly in Paris, both within linguistics and the cognitive sciences (including philosophy of language/mind).

Desired specializations are likely to include formal theoretical linguistics and/or experimental linguistics; an ability to teach graduate-level syntax might be helpful.

DEC has appointed a search committee in charge of ensuring that the position is advertised internationally. Its members are:

Emmanuel Chemla (LSCP; DEC)
Alec Marantz (Scientific Advisory Committee of DEC)
Sharon Peperkamp (LSCP; Director of DEC)
Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod; DEC)
Benjamin Spector (Institut Jean-Nicod; Director of Studies, DEC)

Once the position is officially granted to DEC, ENS will appoint a separate selection committee in charge of establishing a shortlist, conducting interviews and ranking applicants in accordance with procedural rules within ENS and the French system.

In case the position is advertised at the senior level, it should be noted that while applications for a professorship require a ‘Habilitation’ (French: ‘Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches’), applicants with a position abroad who are not ‘habilitated’, or who are established in countries where there is no habilitation, undergo a specific application procedure that probes equivalent academic qualification.

Potential applicants are hereby invited to contact the search committee to receive further information about the procedure and about linguistics at DEC.

Application Deadline: 31-May-2016 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Search Committee Linguistics ENS

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