Assistant Professor in Computational Language Science AI (69121)

Assistant Professor in Computational Language Science AI (69121)

Gainesville, Florida
Open Date:
Jan 15, 2021

The University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in computational language science at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective August 16, 2021. This is a 9-month, tenure accruing position. Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely-related field. Candidates should have an active research agenda studying any aspect of language from a computational perspective. Specializations include but are not limited to Computational Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Neuro/Psycholinguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Computational Semantics, and/or Language Documentation. UF has recently committed to a university-wide artificial intelligence initiative along with a major super-computing collaboration with NVIDIA ( Thus, we particularly encourage applications from candidates whose research explores artificial intelligence, natural language processing, or computational algorithms, as well as their societal implications. The latter may include issues of equity, bias, accountability, transparency, or inclusivity. The Department of Linguistics seeks to train the next generation of linguists who are comfortable integrating computational approaches into their research in revealing and societally responsible ways. Ability to teach computationally-oriented courses is required. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. by the starting date.

The successful candidate will be expected to 1) maintain an active research agenda, 2) pursue external research funding, 3) teach two courses per semester at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, 4) provide service to the department, the university, and the profession, 5) contribute to UF’s Artificial Intelligence initiative to train graduates for an AI-enabled world, and 6) seek collaborations within the department as well as with other units on campus such as the UF Data Science and Information Technology Center, the Center for Big Learning, the UF Informatics Institute, or the McKnight Brain Institute.

The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity and inclusion across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, religion and/or cultural background, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Salary is competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

The Linguistics Department at the University of Florida is a vibrant and congenial unit consisting of 14 full-time faculty and 15 affiliated faculty in the departments of Anthropology; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Spanish and Portuguese; and the Dial Center for Written & Oral Communication. We offer a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics, as well as an undergraduate minor and undergraduate certificate in TESL and a graduate certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. We have faculty expertise in a wide range of linguistic subfields, and particular strengths in the areas of Bilingualism, Language Documentation, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, and African Linguistics. Please see our website,, for more information about the department.

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Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely-related field by the starting date.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a statement of teaching and research interests, (3) a diversity statement describing your experiences and commitments to diversity (for example, i) your values related to diversity, ii) your experiences working with diverse populations, and iii) your future plans related to inclusivity), (4) a CV, (5) 1-3 sample publications, (6) the names and email addresses for three references, and (7) representative teaching evaluations if available. After initial review, confidential letters of recommendation will be requested for selected applicants. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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