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Postdoc Opportunity: Work with Russ Greiner and Nidhi Hegde


Opening for Postdoctoral Researcher at UAlberta: Using Machine Learning and Probabilistic Graphical Models for Modeling and Forecasting Population-level Covid-19 Infections

Amii and the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta has an immediate opening for 1-2 postdoctoral fellows to work with Professors Russ Greiner and Nidhi Hegde to use machine learning techniques to produce models that can accurately forecast the rate of Covid-19 infection at a population (“city”) level. The appointment will be for one year and may be renewable for an additional year subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance.  

The postdoctoral fellow will work in a multi-disciplinary group composed of computer scientists, public health researchers, clinicians, and epidemiologists. Research work will include:

– Designing and building predictive tools for predicting infection and hospitalization rates due to Covid-19 several days and weeks into the future;

– Curation of datasets for use in the models;

– Building and using various types of models, including temporal probabilistic graphical modelling (e.g., extensions to HMMs) deep learning / LSTM models, as well as more standard learning models.

As the project work will involve interacting with researchers of many diverse disciplines, the candidate must be able to understand various systems and extract essential elements for modelling.  The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in design and implementation of Machine Learning (including Deep Learning or Probabilistic Graphical Models), dataset management and visualisation. Familiarity with machine learning for time-varying dynamical systems will be an asset, as will knowledge of epidemiology. 

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 2-5 references to nidhih+PDFCovid@ualberta.ca. We are looking for someone to start immediately. The review of applications will begin on July 24 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found; in order to ensure full consideration, applications must be completed by Aug 15.

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.