- From: Stephen Fancsali <sfancsali@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: edm-announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:05:04 -0400
[on behalf of Carrie Demmans Epp]
*Post-doctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing and Language
The Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta seeks
exceptional candidates for a post-doctoral appointment to be held jointly
in the Fyshe and EdTeKLA research groups. The appointment will initially be
for a one-year term and will be renewable for an additional year subject to
availability of funding and satisfactory performance. The post-doctoral
appointee will work on activities related to the computational modeling
stream of a large collaborative grant that aims to better understand
language development and literacy.
The person filling this position will work with Alona Fyshe and Carrie
Demmans Epp on projects concerning models of second language acquisition.
Research may include:
– language modeling,
– deep learning, including training large models using GPUs
– possible analysis of neuro-imaging data (e.g., fMRI or EEG).
Candidates must have demonstrated expertise in machine learning and natural
language processing (NLP). Backgrounds in cognitive psychology, language
acquisition, bilingual language, and literacy, among others, are
advantageous. We are especially interested in exceptional candidates who
transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and complement our existing
strengths. Preference will be given to those who are interested in
collaborating on research projects with other members of the grant who have
backgrounds in linguistics, psychology, and education.
In addition to English, proficiency in one of the below languages or
language families will be considered an asset
– Algonquin languages (e.g., Cree)
The Department of Computing Science (http://www.cs.ualberta.ca) is home to
nearly 50 tenured and tenure-track faculty members and over 200 graduate
students in its PhD and thesis-based MSc programs. Its faculty members have
ties to the Faculty of Education and they participate in national and
international research networks as well as cross-discipline institutes
within the university.
The University of Alberta (http://www.ualberta.ca) ranks consistently
within Canada’s five best medical/doctoral universities. Over 31,000
undergraduate students, 7,600 graduate students, and 600 postdoctoral
fellows are part of the university’s exceptional learning and research
environment. Edmonton (http://www.edmonton.ca), Alberta’s capital, offers a
rich array of cultural, professional, sports, and entrepreneurial
activities, with easy access to Canada’s Rocky Mountains, and its public
elementary and secondary schools provide high-quality education.
Edmonton is also home to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (amii),
which is part of the CIFAR $125M Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. Amii has
attracted an extremely strong cohort of professors, post-docs and graduate
students, and enhanced what was already a very strong machine learning
community in Edmonton. Successful candidates will become members of amii,
and will be able to take advantage of amii events and resources.
Please submit a *cover letter*, *CV*, *one-page research statement*, and *2-5
references* to demmanse@xxxxxxxxxxx. We are looking for someone to start as
soon as possible. The review of applications will begin on June 22 and will
continue until a suitable candidate is found; in order to ensure full
consideration, applications must be completed by July 30.
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and an
inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We
encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible
minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual
orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may
contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to
See https://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A113942552/ for the
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