LINGUIST List 31.2292

Thu Jul 16 2020

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Utah

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 15-Jul-2020
From: Catherine Scott <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Utah, USA
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University or Organization: University of Utah
Department: Second Language Teaching and Research Center
Job Location: Utah, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Post Doctoral Research Associate

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics


L2TReC invites applications for 1-year full-time post-doctoral position in Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. L2TReC is a vibrant hub for faculty and students with research interests in Second Language Acquisition and L2 pedagogy. L2TReC serves as a Title VI Language Resources Center. It coordinates research based on data generated by the State of Utah’s ambitious Dual Language Immersion Program (, provides support and training for L2 instructors at all levels, and administers the high school portion of Utah’s Dual Immersion Program (

We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow with a background in corpus linguistics, preferably with hands-on experience in corpus building and pedagogical applications of corpora. The successful applicant will be expected to oversee continued development of the Center’s Multilingual Corpus of Second Language Speech and the Corpus of Utah DLI Writing. To date, the spoken corpus contains samples from over 500 child and adult speakers of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese, and the written corpus contains approximately 5 million words of Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and German. Speech samples have been transcribed and tagged according to CHILDES protocols. There is no expectation that applicants will have had prior experience working with CHILDES, but the successful candidate is expected to gain the requisite expertise upon joining our team.

Strong text processing skills using a scripting language (Python, Perl, etc.) and up-to-date knowledge of statistics are highly desirable. It will be the responsibility of the successful applicant to lead further additions and improvements to the corpora and to participate in the development of corpus-based pedagogical materials for use in DLI classrooms. This will require training and supervising a cadre of student research assistants in the corpus languages (Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) and collaborating with foreign language teachers. The ideal candidate will have native or near-native proficiency in one of the corpus languages as well as English. Applicant must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized, able to multi-task and prioritize and possess strong quantitative and analytic skills. Strong writing ability is required as applicant will be expected to contribute to grant writing efforts in support of corpus development.

Required Qualifications:
- PhD in related field.
- Sound knowledge of corpus linguistics (annotation, text processing, pedagogical applications) and quantitative analysis of corpus data.
- Ability to acquire new technical and/or theoretical knowledge as needed.
- Native or near-native proficiency in spoken and written English and a high level of proficiency in one of the corpus languages (Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish).
- Ability to coordinate day-to-day business with the PIs to ensure that project goals and deadlines are met.
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well in a team.

Desirable Qualifications:
Sufficient structural knowledge to perform analytical and corpus-based work in one or more additional languages in the corpus.

Desired starting date August 16, 2020 (flexible).

Review of applications begins on August 10, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should provide:
- A cover letter,
- CV, and
- A writing sample.
- Applicants should identify three references on their CV who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Please see the application link provided below to apply.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Director/Professor Fernando Rubio

Page Updated: 16-Jul-2020