LINGUIST List 29.1819

Mon Apr 30 2018

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Corpus Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition: Post Doc, University of Cambridge

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Date: 30-Apr-2018
From: Theodora Alexopoulou <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Corpus Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition: Post Doc, University of Cambridge, UK
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University or Organization: University of Cambridge
Department: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Job Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Web Address:
Job Title: Research Associate

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Second language Acquisition


A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available at the University of Cambridge to work with Dr Dora Alexopoulou and Professor Ianthi Tsimpli on the Leverhulme Trust grant "Linguistic typology and learnability in second language''.

The project aims to measure the impact of linguistic distance between L1 and L2 on the learning success of learners from different linguistic backgrounds. The empirical research will consist of a comprehensive corpus analysis exploiting the EF-Cambridge Open Language Database (EFCAMDAT) and the International Corpus of Learner English (ICLE). The main responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher is to conduct the corpus investigation and work with the investigators for the analysis of data and research publications.

The ideal candidate will have strong background in corpus linguistics and proven ability to work with NLP tools for extracting grammatical features and structures and to apply statistical analyses to the data. Experience with learner corpora and second language learning research is particularly welcome. Candidates will have completed a PhD in a relevant field.

The postdoctoral researcher will join the EF Research Lab for Applied Language Learning, the Processing and Language Acquisition Group and the Language Technology Group and become part of a multidisciplinary research community within Linguistics, and, more widely, within Cambridge Language Sciences.

This position is 100% FTE and funds for this post are available for 30 months in the first instance, starting on 16th of July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be a member of the Linguistics Section of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Language.

In order for your application to be considered, please upload a covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a list of publications and one sample of a recent publication. You must also provide the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work in the relevant field and whom we can contact for a reference once the vacancy has closed.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on 31st May 2018. Interviews will be held on 18 June 2018 at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge, subject to confirmation.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr Dora Alexopoulu at For questions on the application process, please contact MML Personnel at

Please quote reference GP15254 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Application Deadline: 31-May-2018

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr Theodora Alexopoulou

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