Job opportunity: Post-doctoral Scholar, The Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago

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Post-doctoral Scholar Available (Sign Language Linguistics)


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago invites applications for a position as a Post-doctoral Scholar. The Post-doctoral Scholar will join a dynamic research group in the Sign Language Linguistics Laboratory (Director: Diane Brentari), which currently is focusing on projects investigating the crosslinguistic typological variation of sign languages, and their development in Nicaraguan Sign Language. The Post-doctoral Scholar’s primary responsibilities include setting up and performing experiments, collecting, maintaining and analyzing data, conducting literature reviews, assisting with preparing reports, manuscripts, and other documents, interacting with students and other laboratory staff in collaboration with the principal investigators on the NSF project funding this position (Diane Brentari, Susan Goldin-Meadow (both at the University of Chicago), and Marie Coppola (University of Connecticut). Other responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: assisting in recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. This is a research post-doc position with an initial term of appointment of one year, with review for reappointment at the end of the first year.

Competitive applicants must have (i) a PhD in linguistics or a related field with a strong background in linguistics; (ii) a strong background in sign language research, (iii) fluency in a sign language (not necessarily ASL) (iv) experience with behaviorioral experimental design, and (v) prior experience in analyzing sign language data using ELAN and appropriate statistical methods. Prior experience in supervising mentees for research activities is welcome. The applicant should have good writing skills, a strong publication record, and the potential to develop independent research initiatives.

The successful candidate must have completed the Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. The expected start date is September 15, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Complete application should include the following supplemental materials to be submitted in PDF:

  1. Cover letter explaining qualifications for the position (maximum of two pages)
  2. Three representative publications, or writing samples
  3. Curriculum Vita (CV)
  4. Contact information for at least three references


Applicants must send all application materials, except for the letters of recommendation, to Professor Diane Brentari at Enquiries should be also directed to Professor Brentari at All applications materials must be received by July 15, 2022. Applicants may be asked to provide additional material following the initial review.

This position is contingent on budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to University programs on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law

We strongly encourage deaf and hard of hearing applicants to apply.

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