Postdoc position at the University of Utah

The Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC: at the University of Utah 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. It coordinates research based on data generated by the State of Utah’s ambitious Dual Language Immersion Program (, directs a large-scale project to collect and analyze proficiency data on L2 learners of several languages at the college level, delivers intensive language courses to military personnel, 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. The successful applicant will be expected to oversee continued development of the Center’s Multilingual Corpus of Second Language Speech. A pilot version of the corpus has been built, consisting of spoken samples from 3rd grade DLI students in Chinese, French and Spanish. 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. It will be the responsibility of the successful applicant to assess efficacy of the corpus design and functionality to date, propose and implement any desirable changes, and then lead further additions to the corpus. This will require training and supervising a cadre of student research assistants in the corpus languages (Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). 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, corpus queries) 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 November 1, 2017 (flexible). Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Please apply online at

Review of applications begins on October 15, 2017 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.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

If you have questions about this position, please contact Dr. Jane F. Hacking:

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.


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