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Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor - Syntax

Linguistics Department, University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Date posted
Jan 3, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor in syntax. The selected candidate will pursue their research agenda under the guidance of a faculty mentor and will participate in the intellectual life of the department, including by delivering public presentations of their scholarship. The Instructor will also be expected to teach four courses per year at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in syntax and other related areas, as well as Core courses in the Humanities, and to serve as an adviser and/or mentor to undergraduate and doctoral students in the department. The expected start date is September 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. The initial appointment will be made for a two-year term, renewable up to one additional year following successful review.


We seek scholars with a specialty in syntax with strong research abilities. Previous teaching experience at the university level is highly desired. The successful candidate must have completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related field by the start of the appointment.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following materials electronically to the University of Chicago's Academic Recruitment website at Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled or the posting is closed.

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample
  • Teaching statement discussing preparation for the teaching responsibilities of the position and the courses the applicant would be prepared to teach.
  • Names and contact information for three references

 Optional materials:

  • Sample teaching evaluations
  • Teaching Portfolio

 Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials after initial review.

 Enquiries should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Karlos Arregi . Position contingent on final budgetary approval.



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We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.

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