LINGUIST List 27.1665

Fri Apr 08 2016

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, Simon Fraser University

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Date: 08-Apr-2016
From: Maite Taboada <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
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University or Organization: Simon Fraser University
Job Location: Greater Vancouver, Canada
Job Title: Postdoctoral research position in corpus and computational linguistics

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Postdoctoral research position in corpus and computational linguistics at Simon Fraser University

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral fellowship in corpus and computational linguistics at Simon Fraser University, as part of a project on evaluative language funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Successful candidates will contribute to the research project “Opinion, subjectivity and point of view in language”, with Maite Taboada as PI. The research group includes graduate students in the Department of Linguistics at SFU and other collaborators. The project aims at determining how opinion, subjectivity and point of view are expressed in language, and uncovering the characteristics of opinionated language. This is a corpus-based project, and the postdoctoral fellow will mostly be in charge of collecting and organizing a corpus of opinionated language, including newspaper editorials, reviews, blogs and online comments. The corpus will be annotated with the main phenomena that contribute to the interpretation of evaluation and opinion: words and expressions that convey opinion; operators (negation, nonveridical operators); discourse and coherence relations. The project is part of ongoing research in sentiment analysis (

The candidate should have a PhD in corpus and/or computational linguistics, with emphasis on collection and organization of large corpora, and computational methods to analyze language. Familiarity with annotation, in particular of Appraisal, negation, nonveridicality and coherence relations will be an asset, as will be expertise with tools for natural language processing and sentiment analysis.

The term is for 1 year, with a possibility of an extension for another year. Starting date June 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary will be approximately CND $50,000 per year, in addition to some support for conference travel, and a small research allowance. Employment is governed by SFU’s policies on postdoctoral fellows (

The Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University ( is home to about 15 faculty members in all areas of linguistics, with diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. Simon Fraser University is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities, with about 30,000 students. The main SFU campus is situated on Burnaby Mountain in Greater Vancouver, a cosmopolitan area with a metro population of about 2.5 million. This area of British Columbia is unique in Canada and is known for its mild climate, outdoor recreation and its highly multicultural population.

Applications should contain:

(1) A cover letter
(2) A full CV
(3) A statement of research interests
(4) Two sample publications
(5) Names and e-mail addresses of three referees, who may be contacted to provide either informal references or formal letters of recommendation

Application materials should be e-mailed, preferably as a single pdf file with the applicant’s last name, to Professor Maite Taboada (, with the subject line “Postdoc application”. Priority will be given to applications received by May 1, 2016.

Application Deadline: 01-May-2016 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Maite Taboada

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