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Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Lecturer, University of British Columbia

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Date: 13-Jan-2020
From: Vicki Ferguson <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Lecturer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
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University or Organization: University of British Columbia
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Web Address:
Job Title: Lecturer, Computational Linguistics

Job Rank: Lecturer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


The Department of Linguistics at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a Lecturer position in Computational Linguistics commencing no later than July 1, 2020.

This is a full-time position for a term of up to three years, which entails a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments without review (i.e. non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. The workload for the Lecturer position includes teaching plus service.

A full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts is responsible for 24 teaching credits (i.e., eight 3-credit courses) and service assignments, based on a 3-3 load in the Winter sessions and 2 courses in the Summer sessions. In cases where extraordinary additional administrative responsibilities are assigned by the Head, a 3-credit teaching reduction may be granted. For the 2019-2020 year, this position is expected to support the Master of Data Science in Computational Linguistics program by working with course instructors to prepare lab and lecture materials as well as homework assignments and other evaluation tools, provide lab instruction for a number of courses in the two winter terms, mentoring students in the capstone final industry project course. The Lecturer is also expected to teach at least one undergraduate course in Computational Linguistics.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a closely related field, and are expected to demonstrate a record of or strong potential for high-quality teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. They should have experience building computational models of natural language using Python, and have experience running programming labs or other hands-on seminars. Significant experience building neural network models, serving as a class instructor, or creating curriculum relevant to computational linguistics would all be major assets for this position. Multidisciplinary experience (i.e. teaching or research involving more than one department) would also be very desirable. Training and experience in computer-assisted teaching, community-based learning, student-centered learning, task-based instruction, and curriculum development is an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, active engagement in professional development and curriculum design/development of teaching materials, as well as fully participate in department affairs and service.

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

Review of applications will begin soon after February 9, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline: 09-Feb-2020 (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Vicki Ferguson

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