Job opportunity: Sign Linguistics Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Professor/ Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor (Sign Linguistics)  (220000K6)

The Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has an opening for a sign linguist. The details of this position can be found at:

Funding for research activities is available from the government and the university on a competitive basis. Besides, the department offers generous research funding to support the research of individual faculty members.

Eligible candidates can also apply for the Vice-Chancellor Early Career Professorship Scheme, with attractive remunerations, research support and start-up research fund. Details of the scheme can be found at:

The new appointee is welcome to join the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS), which is well-known for its leading position in sign linguistics research and training in the Asia Pacific region. The Centre has established collaborative relations with a number of major universities in mainland China and some of the neighboring Asian countries, and houses online sign language data archives of various sorts, including lexical and discourse data of Asian Sign Languages, as well as bimodal bilingual acquisition data, for facilitating research. In addition, since 2000s, it has been running a through-train sign bilingual co-enrolment education program in Hong Kong, offering a genuinely inclusive learning environment with natural sign language input for both deaf and hearing school children. 

If you are interested in joining our team at CUHK, and would like to know more about working in Hong Kong, feel free to contact Gladys Tang ( and Felix Sze (


Closing date: August 31, 2022

The Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages is a young and vibrant Department, devoted to the study of language and mind, with strengths in theoretical linguistics, language acquisition, bilingualism, sign linguistics and language disorders. We are seeking a sign linguist. The appointment will be at the rank of Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor, depending on the credentials of the candidate.

The Department is particularly interested in applicants whose research has a strong grounding in linguistic theory and who employ conventional and/or contemporary research methods to address core issues in the linguistics of sign languages. Applicants whose research crosses multiple areas of linguistics and cognate areas are especially welcome.

Applicants should have (i) a PhD degree in linguistics or a related field; (ii) a strong commitment to effective teaching; and (iii) a record of excellence in research in the relevant field consistent with rank and history of employment.

The primary medium of instruction of the Department is English, for both undergraduate and postgraduate classes. The Department collaborates closely with other departments and research units across the University, and is equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities, including sound chambers, eye trackers, and EEG systems.

The appointee is expected to (a) teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in linguistics and sign linguistics; (b) supervise projects and theses of undergraduate, MA, MPhil and PhD students; (c) conduct programmatic research in his/her areas of expertise, and (d) undertake administrative duties.

Appointment will normally be made on contract basis for up to three years initially commencing September 2022 or as early as possible, which, subject to mutual agreement, may lead to longer-term appointment or substantiation later.




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