Call for Applications
Resident Academic Full Time Post in General, Applied or Computational Linguistics (with a specialisation in Sign Linguistics)
Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology
Applications are invited for Resident Academic Full-Time post in General, Applied or Computational Linguistics (with a specialisation in Sign Linguistics) at the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology of the University of Malta.
The appointment will be on initial definite four-year contract of employment. Following the successful completion of the one-year probationary period, the Resident Academic will commence a two-year Tenure Track process. At the conclusion of this two-year period of service, the Resident Academic will be subject to a Tenure Review.
The appointee will be required to contribute to the teaching, research, administration, and other activities of the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, and as may be required by the University. An ability to work flexibly and collaboratively in a team environment is essential.
Candidates must be in possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent research-based doctorate in Linguistics or a related area from a reputable university. They must have a demonstrable commitment to research with a firmly established or highly promising publications profile and a willingness and ability to be an active participant in the research culture of the Institute. Teaching experience at tertiary level will be considered an asset.
This post is primarily linked to the area of Sign Linguistics, and the successful candidate will be expected to lead research on Maltese Sign Language and coordinate the delivery of Maltese Sign Language study-units by our team of visiting assistant lecturers. Some knowledge of a sign language, though not necessarily of Maltese Sign Language is a prerequisite for appointment. Given, however, that the Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology plays a central role in safeguarding and advancing research on Maltese Sign Language in the context of Malta, a willingness to familiarise oneself with Maltese Sign Language is necessary for ensuring tenure. Since engagement within the area of Sign Linguistics is expected to cover around 50% of the advertised post, the successful candidate will be asked to additionally contribute to a range of core undergraduate and postgraduate study-units, as the need arises. Therefore, complementary knowledge in another area of theoretical, applied or computational linguistics, is desirable.
The annual salary for 2022 attached to the respective grades in the Resident Academic Stream is as follows:
*Professor: €46,163 plus an Academic Supplement of €32,311 and a Professorial Allowance of €2,330
*Associate Professor: €42,372 plus Academic Supplement of €24,758 and a Professorial Allowance of €1,423
Senior Lecturer: €38,358 plus an Academic Supplement of €17,711
Lecturer: €31,885 with an annual increment of €641 to €33,808 and an Academic Supplement of €14,568
*The University will only consider appointing an applicant at the grade of Professor or Associate Professor, when the applicant already holds an equivalent appointment at a University or Research Institute of repute.
The University of Malta will provide academic staff with financial resources through the Academic Resources Fund to support continuous professional development and to provide the tools and resources required by an academic to adequately fulfil the teaching and academic research commitments within the University.
The University may also appoint promising candidates as Assistant Lecturers provided that these are committed to obtain a Ph.D. An applicant for the post of Assistant Lecturer must already be registered for a Ph.D. and have shown progress to the satisfaction of the selection board that completion will be within the four-year period.
Assistant Lecturer with Masters: €29,739 with an annual increment of €596 to €31,527 and an Academic Supplement of €5,165
Assistant Lecturer: €27,662 with an annual increment of €531 to €29,255 and an Academic Supplement of €4,914
Candidates are required to upload their curriculum vitae, certificates (certificates should be submitted preferably in English) and names and emails of three referees through this form: https://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/workatum-general
Applications should be received by Friday, 27 May 2022.
Late applications will not be considered.
General Working Obligations
The conditions of work for a Resident Academic of the University of Malta, are set out in the ‘Collective Agreement for Academic Staff of the University of Malta’ and the ‘Manual of Conduct and Procedures’.
The commitment of a Resident Academic is based on a 40-hour week, with flexible times depending on established timetables and distributed reasonably between teaching, academic research and other academic work (including academic administration and professional activity).
The official lecturing times of the University of Malta are Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 20:00 hours and the successful candidate will be required to lecture at any time within the official teaching times during term time. The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of one year and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.
Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology
The Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology is comprised of a highly multi-disciplinary team of individuals conducting research on language from many different perspectives, including:
Theoretical approaches to language structure, meaning and function;
Sign language and linguistics;
Computational linguistics, including machine-learning approaches to Natural Language Processing.
The Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology offers undergraduate degree programmes in Linguistics (offered through the Faculty of Arts) and Language Technology. Our postgraduate programmes encompass both Theoretical/Applied Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. Doctoral students in the Institute work in a vibrant research atmosphere, in close collaboration with supervisors and colleagues.
The duties which the appointee will be expected to perform are:
- Teaching including tutorials and seminars, supervision of practical work and placements, supervision of projects and other personally undertaken student enterprises;
- Preparing course materials
- Researching and publishing both individual and collaborative, in priority areas established by the University
- Continuous assessment of students, setting and marking of examination papers including dissertations within established time-frames
- Participating in the administration of academic affairs at academic and university levels
- Contributing to national and regional development particularly in the area of specialisation and through cooperation with governmental, intergovernmental, regional and non-governmental institutions and services
- Any other relevant duties as may be required by the University
The Selection Procedures
- The evaluation of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application).
- Short-listing of candidates.
- An invitation to short-listed candidates to a Selection Board interview.
- A short presentation on a subject allotted to short-listed candidates.
The Selection Process
The selection process will follow the document “Guidelines for Members of Selection Boards in the Recruitment of Resident Academic Staff” (http://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/services/recruitment).
In accordance with the guidelines, members of the Selection Board will establish the following selection criteria for the selection process:
- Relevant academic qualifications
- Relevant Academic / Work experience
- Aptitude and suitability
- Performance in interview
Office of the University
Msida, 9 May 2022
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