Job: Linguistics of LCTLs

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Nov 22 13:57:00 UTC 2006

Linguistics of Less Commonly Taught Languages: Associate/Senior Research
Scientist, University of Maryland, CASL, MD, USA

University or Organization: University of Maryland, CASL
Department: Center for Advanced Study of Language
Job Rank: Associate/Senior Research Scientist
Specialty Areas: Language Description; Linguistics of Less Commonly Taught

The Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), a university-affiliated
research center located at the University of Maryland, was established in
2003 under a renewable five-year contract. Its mission is to conduct
state-of-the-art research in areas that result in improved performance on
language tasks relevant to the work of government language professionals.
Work done at the center focuses on improving knowledge of less commonly
taught languages, enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign
language capability by government professionals (especially at the
advanced levels), advancing the capacity to use foreign language skills in
a wide variety of government professions and situations, and improving the
quality of human language technology.

CASL is seeking to recruit a senior scientist to direct its research
efforts in the area of the linguistics of less commonly taught languages.
The candidate will direct a team of descriptive, theoretical, and
sociolinguists investigating a range of basic issues and applied problems
related to the linguistic description of less commonly taught languages.
Current projects include dialect identification and the description of the
grammar, pragmatics and discourse structure of relevant languages.
Additional projects that further CASL's mission will be developed
consistent with the skills and interests of the researchers hired.
Throughout the center, researchers drawn from linguistics, second language
acquisition, cognitive and computer science, anthropology and sociology
work in collaborative teams to aid government professionals in the
improvement of their on the job performance or foreign language training.

Candidates must have an earned Ph.D., possess a record of individual
research achievement, a strong record of publication, and the ability to
establish an interdisciplinary research program across areas related to
the study of language and analysis of less commonly taught languages.
Research administration experience and group management skills are
strongly valued for this position. Appointments for this position are as
research faculty members of the University of Maryland and carry the title
of associate or senior research scientist, as appropriate. Affiliations
with University of Maryland academic departments are encouraged.
Exceptional candidates with national standing may be considered for
tenure-track appointments in a department on a limited, case-by-case
basis. Applications will be reviewed when they are complete and interviews
will continue on a rolling basis.  Most appointments will begin in Fall
2007, but earlier starting dates are possible. Candidates must hold U.S.
citizenship and be willing to obtain a security clearance. For information
on U.S. government security clearances, please see

*CASL will be interviewing at the Annual LSA Conference in January 2007.
Interested applicants who plan on attending the conference and would like
to be interviewed, should submit application materials by December 10,

TO APPLY: go to, click on "Employment
Opportunities" and follow directions for applying.

UM is an EOE/AA. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

For best consideration, apply by March 31, 2007.

Contact Information:
Sherrita Rose
Email: srose at
Phone: 301-226-8875


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