Postdoc Opportunity: Fyshe and EdTeKLA Research Groups

Opening for Postdoctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing and Language Learning at UAlberta

The Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta seeks exceptional candidates for a postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral appointee will work on activities related to the computational modelling stream of a large collaborative grant that aims to better understand language development and literacy. 

The person filling this position will work with Amii Fellow Alona Fyshe and Carrie Demmans Epp on projects concerning models of second language acquisition. Research may include: 

– language modelling, 
– deep learning, including training large models using GPUs
– possible analysis of neuro-imaging data (e.g., fMRI or EEG). 

Candidates must demonstrate 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)
– Arabic
– Chinese
– Farsi
– French

The Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta is an excellent and supportive environment of over 60 professors, 300 graduate students, and 1,300 undergraduate students. 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.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, one-page research statement, and 2-5 references to The department is 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 inclusive workforce, and welcomes applications from all qualified persons. They 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 apply.

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