Postdoctoral Position in Syntax

The Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in Syntax to begin in August 2023.

In addition to research, the responsibilities of the position include teaching one course per semester and participating in the intellectual life of the department.  Potential course offerings include a graduate seminar in the successful candidate’s area of specialization, core syntax courses at the graduate or undergraduate level, and elective courses on specific topics for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.  Participation in the intellectual life of the department will likely include opportunities for advising and mentoring students at all levels, involvement in reading groups and departmental events, and research collaborations with students and faculty.

Candidates with additional research interests at the syntax-semantics interface and/or syntax-morphology interface are encouraged to apply.  We also encourage candidates to apply who have empirical expertise in understudied languages, especially understudied languages spoken in Africa.

For questions related to this position, please contact: Ruth Kramer, Head of the Theoretical Linguistics Concentration,


About the Department

The mission of the Linguistics Department at Georgetown is to contribute knowledge of a diversity of linguistic phenomena through different modes of inquiry. We examine language through its structure, acquisition, use in context, and via computational models. We value the legitimacy and relevance of research at every level of analysis. We house a doctoral program and several master’s programs which are organized into four concentrations, and we offer a major and a minor in linguistics. With all our curricular programs, our faculty and student research, and our service to the field and the community, we provide a foundation of linguistic study built upon a tradition of unique pluralism.



A Ph.D. in Linguistics is required prior to appointment start date. Candidates must show strong promise of excellence in teaching as well as research. The successful candidate must be able to teach courses in person in Washington, D.C.


Application Instructions

Click on the Interfolio link in order to begin the application. The following materials are required:

  1. Cover letter addressing research and teaching
  2. CV
  3. One writing sample or recent publication
  4. Contact information for three recommenders. Recommenders may be contacted for letters at a later stage in the search process.

Applications are due by December 15th, 2022


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798. 

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