Postdoctoral Fellow

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Department Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number P18053
Open Date 12/18/2017
Close Date 02/28/2018
Benefits Eligible Yes
Position Summary

The Rice Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites applications for a two-year post-doc fellowship beginning July 1, 2018. Candidates should hold a PhD in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, or related fields of studies with a focus of analysis on any language, preferably the languages taught at the Center ( Preferred areas of expertise are: writing/reading/literacy development, assessment/testing, interactional competence, lexical and grammatical development, interlanguage pragmatics, and study abroad. Applicants must have a PhD at the time of appointment and they should have earned the PhD no earlier than 2013.

Teaching and teaching-related responsibilities will include professional development workshops or undergraduate language classes in their area of expertise. Research responsibilities include a minimum of two scholarly presentations per year at a major national or international conference and at least two scholarly articles submitted over a two-year period.

Education Required PhD or other Doctoral Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

Applied linguistics or related field of studies with a focus of analysis on languages, preferably any of the languages taught at the Center (

Education Preferred
Experience Required No experience required
Type of Experience
Experience Preferred

Related experience (e.g., development of assessment/testing frameworks, design and implementation of study abroad programs, field work in language data collection)

Skills Required

- Expertise in one of the areas of Applied Linguistics relevant to the strategic objectives of the CLIC.
- Ability to carry out a research agenda in second language acquisition.

Skills Preferred

- Expertise in areas such as second language assessment/testing, study abroad curriculum design, interactional competence, pragmatics and lexical development.

Physical Demands


Working Conditions

Office and classroom environments.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials must include:
- cover letter,
- a current CV,
- research statement,
- sample of recent scholarship (an article or dissertation excerpt) to be attached under “writing sample,”
- workshop proposal (1 pg.) to be attached under “course proposal,”
- full-fledged research proposal (2 pgs.), and
- a lesson plan to be attached under ‘writing sample 2’, and
- teaching evaluations, if available, to be attached under ‘other document’
- three letters of recommendation

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Job Duties

Job Duty Name Service
Description of Job Duty

- Actively participates in various activities of the Center.
- Participates in school, and university research activities.

Percentage of Time 10
Job Duty Name Teaching and Teaching-related Responsibilities
Description of Job Duty

- Teaches one course per semester (pending course teaching availability).
- Organizes and facilitates professional development workshops for CLIC faculty on topics directly related to the Center’s objectives.
- Complete projects/tasks related to generating substantive content for our research-based pedagogy websites or for developing and evaluating our study abroad programs.
- Organizes professional conferences to promote the Center’s mission.

Percentage of Time 40
Job Duty Name Scholarly Research and Writing
Description of Job Duty

- Participates in, and contributes to, the intellectual life of the Center.
- A minimum of two scholarly presentations per semester at Rice.
- A minimum of one scholarly article submitted per year.
- Evidence of satisfactory progress towards publication.
- Submission of a year-end professional summary for approval of the second year.

Percentage of Time 50

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Writing Sample
  3. Other Document
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Research Proposal
  6. Research Statement
  7. Course Proposal
  8. References/Recommendation Request
Optional Documents
  1. Teaching Evaluations

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a PhD or other doctoral degree in applied linguistics or related field of studies, with a focus of analysis on languages, preferably any of the languages taught at the Center (
    • Yes
    • No