Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00093 - Linguistics

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 1 July 2020


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-line position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2020. The successful candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in Linguistics by the time of appointment.

This position involves a specialization in Computational Linguistics or Natural Language Processing, with an additional specialization in Phonology, Semantics, Syntax, or Second Language Acquisition. The successful candidate will have a background in the fundamentals of Computer Science (including data structures, algorithms, and machine learning). The person hired into this position will be expected to conduct and publish research that makes use of computational methods while also contributing to the literature in one or more core areas of linguistics. We especially encourage applications from candidates who are eager and qualified to conduct collaborative research with other members of our faculty, who will contribute actively to the success of the department’s research and teaching missions, and who will contribute to increasing the diversity of the department’s intellectual life and offerings.

Duties include a sustained research program, the mentorship of graduate and undergraduate student-scholars, a standard teaching load of four courses per year, and departmental and/or university service. The person hired into this position will also help coordinate our new Computational Linguistics Certificate Program and serve as a liaison between our department and our colleagues in the university’s School of Computing. The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with the person’s qualifications. The University of Utah offers a generous benefits package.

Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research institution and emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. The university serves over 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the University of Utah encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation, and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty and business leaders. Salt Lake City is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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

Special Instructions for Candidates

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted to this site by November 15, 2019.

Open Date 09/20/2019

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00492CF

Type Faculty