Postdoc Opportunity: Fyshe & Zylberberg Research Groups

Opening for Joint Postdoctoral Appointment at UAlberta & York University

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 research group at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and the Zylberberg research group at York University in Toronto. The appointment can be taken up at either institution and will initially be for a one-year term and will be renewable for an additional year subject to satisfactory performance.

The appointee will work with Amii Fellow Alona Fyshe and Joel Zylberberg on activities related to using brain activity data as a “teacher” signal to help train artificial neural networks. Initial projects will include computer vision tasks such as object recognition and/or image captioning but could extend to gameplay or natural language depending on candidate expertise. This project is funded by a New Frontiers in Research grant held jointly by Fyshe and Zylberberg.

The research will include:

– Deep learning, including training large models using GPUs

– Analysis of neuro-imaging data (e.g., fMRI, MEG, or EEG).

Candidates must have demonstrated expertise in machine learning and training deep learning models. Backgrounds in cognitive science, neuroscience, and brain imaging, among others, are advantageous. We are especially interested in exceptional candidates who transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and complement our existing strengths.

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 review of applications will begin on July 20 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.

View the full job posting here.