Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Signed Language Acquisition & Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

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The University of Texas at Austin Department of Linguistics seeks applicants for a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Linguistics of Signed Languages concentration area. The selected Fellow will be based in Austin, Texas and will be directly mentored by Dr. Jenny Singleton and other faculty in the UT Signed Linguistics program (Dr. Richard Meier and Dr. David Quinto-Pozos) and will be able to interact with members of a highly active signed language research community. Candidates with particular research interests in signed language acquisition, signed language disorders, and L2 acquisition of signed language by hearing learners with language or learning disabilities will have priority consideration, but those with more general signed language research interests will also be considered. The Fellow will contribute to and gain in collaborative research experiences including data collection, data analysis, co-authored publishing activity, grant-writing activity, and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants. University of Texas is fortunate to have many advanced ASL undergraduate students interested in working in our research labs. Research resources include access to state-of-the-art eye-tracking equipment; use of laboratory rooms designed for language testing and video-recording, especially with young children; access to computers; and some funds for research participants.

Required Qualifications:
A completed Ph.D. in a related field is required before August 2019. Possible discipline(s) include but are not limited to: Linguistics, Psychology, Education, Deaf Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders. Demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language. Fellow must be able to operate with considerable autonomy and have the ability to manage timelines with regular communication to research group members. Knowledge of standard software packages such as MS-Office.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working with school personnel and community networks for participant recruitment; collecting data from young signing children; preparation of IRB applications and consent materials. Familiarization with eye-tracking equipment, video-recording equipment, video-editing software, and video-coding tools such as ELAN.

Required Application Materials (Please submit as Email attachments to
1. Letter of interest (PDF), including a description of ASL experience and level of fluency (Optional alternative: no more than 5-minute video in ASL describing your interest in the position)
2. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
3. Three supplemental PDF documents that reflect your academic writing, such as research publications, Master’s thesis, dissertation chapter
4. Three letters of recommendation (PDF format) sent via E-mail attachment directly from letter writers to:

Dr. Jenny L. Singleton, Professor
Department of Linguistics
University of Texas at Austin
Start-date: September 1, 2019 (earlier start date may be negotiated)
Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019
For more information, contact: Dr. Jenny Singleton (

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