Postdoc Opportunity: Csaba Szepesvári Research Group

Opening for Postdoctoral Fellows at UAlberta

The Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta seeks exceptional candidates for Postdoctoral Fellows who will work with Csaba Szepesvári and his research group. Two of the positions are available immediately and a third appointment will be made for January 1, 2021.

The appointee(s) will conduct research on the theoretical aspect of efficient and effective learning and planning in sequential decision making under uncertainty. The positions are supported through NSERC and a Canada CIFAR AI Chair grant. The work involves original theoretical research, collaboration with, and supervision of PhD and MSc students.

Specific topics include (but are not limited to):

  • computationally efficient and effective online learning and planning in large MDPs, or with batch data
  • limits of such algorithms
  • new algorithms for multicriteria reinforcement learning
  • efficient optimization algorithms for reinforcement learning
  • policy performance certificates.

Candidates must have demonstrated expertise in learning theoretic approaches to reinforcement learning or closely related learning problems, through publications at relevant venues such as COLT, NeurIPS, ICML and alike. Background in either mathematics, computer science, optimization, statistics, operation research, or control is required.

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.

Applications should be sent to Csaba Szepesvári at

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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