Research Associate in Linguistics

University of Chicago Department of Linguistics

United States


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago invites applications for a Research Associate position. The Research Associate will join a dynamic research group focusing on projects investigating potential mechanisms underpinning individual variability in speech and language processing using neurophysiological as well as eye-tracking techniques. The Research Associate’s primary responsibilities include setting up and performing experiments, collecting, maintaining and analyzing data, conducting literature reviews, assisting with preparing reports, manuscripts, and other documents, interacting with students and other laboratory staff in collaboration with the principal investigators (Ming Xiang and Alan Yu). Other responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: assisting in recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Unlike postdoctoral scholars, Research Associate is a non-faculty academic appointee at the university. This is a renewable, benefits-eligible research position with an initial term of appointment of two years, with review for reappointment during the second year.


Competitive applicant must have (i) a relevant PhD with post-doctoral training in Linguistics, Cognitive Science, the Speech Sciences, or a related field preferred; (ii) a strong background in phonetics, psycholinguistics, and laboratory phonology, as well as experience with eye-tracking and EEG data collection and analysis. Prior experience in supervising mentees for research activities is welcome. Prior experience  in analyzing auditory brainstem response and knowledge of multivariate pattern analysis would be preferred. The applicant should have good writing skills and strong publication records; and apotential to develop independent research initiatives and obtain further grant funding. strong motivation for an independent career in the future.

The successful candidate must have completed the Ph.D. by the start of the appointment. The expected start date is July 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is benefits-eligible.

Application Instructions

Complete application should include the following supplemental materials:

1. Cover letter explaining qualifications for the position (maximum of two pages)

2. Three representative publications, or writing samples

3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

4. Contact information for at least three references; please upload one document listing information for each of your three references.

Applicants must upload all application materials except for the letters of recommendation to the University’s Academic Recruitment website at All applications materials must be received by May 31, 2022. Applicants may be asked to provide additional material following the initial review.

This position is contingent on budgetary approval.

Enquiries should be directed to Professor Alan Yu at

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