Professor/Associate Professor in Language Diversity and Documentation

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Thursday, 14 May 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 31 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Hong Kong 's highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Work type: Full-time
Department: School of Humanities (05200)
Categories: Professoriate Staff

Applications are invited for appointment as Professor/Associate Professor in Language Diversity and Documentation in the School of Humanities (Linguistics) (Ref.: 500057), to commence on January 1, 2021 or as soon as possible, on tenure terms.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Linguistics, with strengths/expertise in language contact and multilingualism and/or linguistic typology and documentation, and a focus on non-Indo-European languages and little researched endangered languages, especially those of the Asia-Pacific region. Additional specialisation in another area of language sciences, especially evolutionary linguistics and/or cutting-edge technologies such as big data analysis and brain imaging will be an advantage.

The appointee is expected to develop a vigorous, independent research programme to excel in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and to take on administrative duties. He/She should demonstrate leadership and mentorship qualities with a clear vision of the department leadership role, and a willingness to collaborate across academic units to enhance and promote interdisciplinary research. Total teaching load will be three to four courses per year, including introductory first-year courses. Information about the Department of Linguistics can be obtained at  Enquiries may be sent to Dr. Wai Ting Siok, Chairperson, Department of Linguistics (e-mail: siok‎

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

The University only accepts online application for the above post.  Applicants should apply online and upload (1) sample of written work; (2) research statement, indicating which rank the candidate is applying for; (3) list of the journals and anthologies in which the candidate has published articles and publishers of the candidate’s books, if any; (4) an up-to-date C.V.; (5) teaching portfolio; and (6) at least three letters of reference submitted through Interfolio to (quoting ref. no. of the position).  To facilitate blind review, the Department requests that items (1), (2), and (3) above be anonymized by removing any identifying information, such as name and institutional affiliation.  

Closes June 13, 2020 (extended to August 31, 2020).

The University is committed to diversity and inclusivity.  To promote gender diversity and professional advancement of women as well as men, the Faculty of Arts expressly encourages qualified persons from both genders to apply.

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