9 Dec 2018

Faculty Position in Computational Linguistics and AI – MCGILL UNIVERSITY


The Department of Linguistics and the School of Computer Science of McGill University invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment in Computational Linguistics. The appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor and to begin on August 1, 2019. We seek candidates with interests in the study of language from computational, mathematical, and quantitative perspectives. The ideal candidate will have expertise in both the language sciences and computer science. Potential research areas include, but are not limited to, computational linguistics, natural language processing, speech processing, computational cognitive science, machine learning applied to language data, and quantitative modeling of language.

Outstanding candidates may be eligible to receive a CIFAR Chair in AI (https://www.cifar.ca/ai/pan-canadian-artificial-intelligence-strategy), depending on their research profile. The successful candidate who satisfies the eligibility conditions of the Canada Research Chair program may be supported by the University for nomination to a Tier 2 Chair in Computational Linguistics, which provides protected time for research within a full-time academic appointment. More information about the Canada Research Chair can be found below.

The Department of Linguistics and the School of Computer Science offer a collegial environment with opportunities for interaction with world-class researchers in linguistics and AI, involving topics such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, phonetics, language variation and change, mathematical/quantitative linguistics, psycholinguistics, machine learning, robotics, social data science, natural language processing, theory of computation, big data systems, and many more areas

Montreal is home to very active linguistics, language science, and AI communities, including four linguistics departments, ties to many other units such as Psychology and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, university-led institutes such as Mila and the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, industry-led AI research groups (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Borealis, Thales), as well as a thriving and rapidly growing AI and data science start-up community. Montreal is a historic and cosmopolitan city, home to four universities, and considered one of the best cities for students.

Job Duties

The successful applicant will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program, to communicate research findings in both professional and public forums, to contribute to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in both Linguistics and Computer Science, and to engage in service both within and outside the University.

Qualifications and Education requirements

A PhD in linguistics, computer science or related disciplines and demonstrated excellence in research in the area(s) of specialization.


Job Type:



    Assistant Professor


     Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application deadline: 

    Review of dossiers will begin January 2, 2019.


Applications must be submitted online to: https://academicjobsonline.org: AsstProf#12820

The following supporting documents are required:

  • a letter of introduction
  • curriculum vita
  • a research statement
  • a teaching statement
  • samples of research
  • teaching evaluations (if available)

Applicants should also arrange for three referees to submit letters of reference, with one of the referees being the doctoral supervisor.

Enquiries may be directed to ling.ai@cs.mcgill.ca


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) by email or phone at 514-398-1660.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


A successful candidate may be supported by the University for nomination to a Tier 2 Chair in Computational Linguistics. Tier 2 Chairs are for emerging researchers (i.e., individuals who are no more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree). Career interruptions (e.g., maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, family care, etc.) will be taken into consideration using the Tier 2 justification process to review the candidate’s eligibility. Potential applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree with career interruptions may contact the institution to have their eligibility reviewed through the Tier 2 justification process. The eligibility conditions for the CRCs are described at http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx#s3.

Note that candidates who do not satisfy the CRC eligibility criteria for a Tier 2 Chair are nonetheless invited to apply for the position.

Note also, that the Canada Research Chair is also open to internal candidates who already hold a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at McGill University, are active in the research area described, and contribute to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in both Linguistics and Computer Science.

For CRC Tier 2 nominees at the rank of Assistant Professor who are within three years of their PhD, one referee must be the PhD supervisor. Internal applicants to the CRC must submit a recent curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests aligned with the designated subject area for the chair.

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