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LINGUIST List 25.477

Wed Jan 29 2014

Jobs: Comp Ling; Psycholing: Post Doc, Northwestern University

Editor for this issue: Sarah Fox <sarahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Jan-2014
From: Matt Goldrick <matt-goldricknorthwestern.edu>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics: Post Doc, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA
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University or Organization: Northwestern University
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Illinois, USA
Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship supported by the National Science Foundation grant “INSPIRE: Gradient Symbolic Computation.” This group project is devoted to developing a novel type of computing that fuses neural network and symbolic computation. In this framework, discrete structures are built of symbols that have continuous activation values.

The postdoctoral fellow will help develop this framework, working on projects related to sentence processing (in both perception and production) that integrate empirical studies of human language processing with computational modeling. The fellow will be based in Northwestern University’s Department of Linguistics, supervised by Matt Goldrick, and will work closely with co-investigators from the Cognitive Science and Computer Science Departments at Johns Hopkins University (including Paul Smolensky, Akira Omaki, Geraldine Legendre, and a to-be-appointed computational postdoc).

The project is funded by NSF’s new INSPIRE program, created to support unusually forward-looking, high-risk/high-return research. The position offers the appointee the opportunity to be a key player in the exciting intellectual environment of a highly interdisciplinary research team of leading faculty members collaborating intensively to break new ground at the foundations of computation and cognition. These faculty members are committed to contributing to the career development of the appointee, who will also have opportunities to pursue their own research projects.

The initial appointment is for one year, with an expectation of a second year, conditioned on satisfactory progress. Applications are open to both citizens and non-citizens of the US. Starting date is August 1, 2014. Applications will be processed until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applications and letters should be received by March 15, 2014. An application consists of a single PDF file including (i) a cover letter detailing the applicant’s interests in connection with the project, the qualifications they bring to the work, and the training they would like to receive from the position; (ii) a current CV; (iii) a document containing links to their relevant publications (ideally, integrated into the CV); and (iv) a research statement describing their past, on-going, and planned future work. The application, along with three letters of recommendation (under separate cover), must be emailed to the application email address below. Please ensure that your name is in the Subject line of all materials that you AND your References submit. Please direct any informational inquiries to the same address.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from minority and women candidates are especially welcome.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: INSPIREpostdocling.northwestern.edu
Contact Information:
Matt Goldrick
Email: matt-goldricknorthwestern.edu

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