Cornell University, Department of Linguistics

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Linguistics-POSTDOC2023 [#23680, WDR-00034288]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Experimental Linguistics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Linguistics / Computational, Computational Linguistics, Experimental linguistics, Computational/Experimental Sociolinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Game Design
Appl Deadline:2023/02/23 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/11/10, finished 2023/02/24)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Postdoctoral Associate in Experimental Sociolinguistics
Department of Linguistics
College of Arts & Sciences
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The Cornell University Department of Linguistics seeks to recruit a Postdoctoral Associate in experimental linguistics, beginning in the Summer or Fall of 2023. Candidates should have a PhD in linguistics or a related discipline by the start date. A strong background in programming is highly desirable. Interests in sociolinguistics and game design are a plus. 

This position is funded for two years by a Cornell University New Frontiers Grant. The Postdoc Associate will receive a salary of $54,480 in the first year with an increase in the second year, along with fringe benefits. There are no teaching obligations. Time is allotted for the associate to pursue independent research interests. 

The associate will collaborate with P.I. Sam Tilsen (Linguistics) and a team of undergraduate web engineers to design and develop an online system for collecting speech data from remote participants while they play a cooperative map-navigation game. The associate will subsequently use this system to conduct longitudinal experiments on the evolution of speech behavior in small networks of speakers. 

Required qualifications: PhD in linguistics, cognitive science, or information science. 

Desirable qualifications: Background in programming. Background in speech recognition. 

Applications should be submitted through the link below and should include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, one or two writing samples, and names and email addresses of three external referees. Candidates are invited to provide a statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4701