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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, 2018-2019

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 26th, 2018
Last review date: Friday, Nov 9, 2018 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Linguistics Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a linguist who is a specialist in computational linguistics and/or natural language processing. The appointment will be a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, effective July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will have an active research program in computational linguistics and/or natural language processing and will have a record of participation in the computational linguistics/NLP community. Proven expertise in machine learning including word embeddings/vector space semantics is required, as is expertise in using computational linguistics methods to address theoretical and/or applied questions. Capacity to engage with the distinctive theoretical orientation of the department is expected. We welcome applicants with the ability to contribute to departmental foci, such as corpus linguistics, language and cognition, language acquisition, and/or less studied languages. We also encourage applicants who have the potential to interact with colleagues and students across disciplinary boundaries at UCSB.

The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to and ability in graduate and undergraduate teaching and will be expected to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in computational linguistics, including those with relevance to industry, as well as to contribute to the department’s undergraduate major with an emphasis in Language and Speech Technologies. For more information on the department, see

The minimum requirement to be considered as an applicant is the completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. in linguistics or a closely-related field except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application. A Ph.D. in linguistics or a closely-related field is expected by the time of appointment. Review of applications will begin after Friday, November 9, 2018. The position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must complete the online form at and must submit online the following in PDF format: letter of application, statement of research interests, teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and 2 writing samples. Applicants are also encouraged to submit an optional statement on contributions to diversity.

Applicants should request 3-5 letters of reference to be sent directly to Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee at Initial screening of selected applicants will be conducted via Zoom. Our department has a genuine commitment to diversity, and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • 2 Writing Samples

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required