Corpora: Corpus Linguistics Post-doc position

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Date: Mon May 13 2002 - 21:14:03 MET DST

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    Post-doctoral Research Position in Corpus Linguistics & EAP

            University of Michigan, English Language Institute

    The English Language Institute at the University of Michigan is inviting
    applications for a post-doctoral research fellow to work on research
    involving the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE). The
    position is for one year in the first instance, with the possibility of
    renewal for an additional two years, with a start date between July and
    September, 2002.

    The MICASE project was started at the English Language Institute in
    1997-98, and we are entering an exciting phase of development as we have
    recently completed the transcription and initial SGML markup of the
    1.7-million-word corpus and are actively expanding our research and
    development program. Some of the projects that we would like to work on in
    the near future include grammatical tagging, lemmatization and lexical
    statistics, and the annotation of the corpus with additional pragmatic
    metadata. In addition, we are moving forward with various research
    projects beyond those already completed on features of spoken academic
    English, and are keen to implement strategies for utilizing the corpus for
    in-house teaching and testing applications. The main members of the MICASE
    team at present are Dr. Rita Simpson (project manager), Professor John
    Swales (faculty advisor), and Dr. Sarah Briggs (advisor for testing).

    We are interested in hearing from candidates who have recently completed,
    or are nearing completion of a Ph.D. with a strong corpus linguistics
    component, preferably including some programming skills, as well as a good
    background in spoken discourse analysis. The ideal candidate will also
    have some ESL/EAP research or teaching experience.

    The 12-month salary will be in the range of $30,000 to $34,000, depending
    on qualifications, and includes excellent benefits, some moving expenses,
    and generous reimbursement for conference travel.

    To apply, please send a cover letter and cv, including contact information
    for referees. For additional information or informal inquiries, please
    contact Dr. Rita Simpson at General information about
    MICASE is available the ELI website: and the online searchable
    version of MICASE can be found at

    Applications may be submitted as attachments to e-mail, or to the
    following address:

    Rita Simpson
    University of Michigan, English Language Institute
    3138 TCF Building
    401 E. Liberty, Suite 350
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2298

    The deadline for application is May 31, 2002.

    NOTE: There is no US citizenship requirement for this position, so non-US
    residents are encouraged to apply.


    Rita Simpson, PhD.
    Project Manager, Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English
    English Language Institute, University of Michigan TEL: 734-763-7133

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