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Fri Aug 17 2018

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, University of Arizona

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Date: 17-Aug-2018
From: Peter Jansen <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Semantics: Post Doc, University of Arizona, USA
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University or Organization: University of Arizona
Department: School of Information
Job Location: Arizona, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics


Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Position Summary:
The Cognitive Artificial Intelligence Laboratory ( in the School of Information at the University of Arizona invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate for projects specializing in natural language processing and explanation-centered inference.

Natural language processing systems are steadily increasing performance on inference tasks like question answering, but few systems are able to provide explanations describing why their answers are correct. These explanations are critical in domains like science or medicine, where user trust is paramount and the cost of making errors is high. Our work has shown that one of the main barriers to increasing inference and explanation capability is the ability to combine information – for example, elementary science questions generally require combining between 6 and 12 different facts to answer and explain, but state-of-the-art systems generally struggle integrating more than two facts together. The successful candidate will combine novel methods in data collection, annotation, representation, and algorithmic development to exceed this limitation in combining information, and apply these methods to answering and explaining science questions.

A talk on our recent work in this area is available here:

Minimum Qualifications:
- A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Information Science, Computational Linguistics, or a related field.
- Demonstrated interest in natural language processing or machine learning techniques.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Duties and Responsibilities:
- Engage in innovative natural language processing research
- Write and publish scientific articles describing methods and findings in high-quality venues (e.g. ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, etc.)
- Assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and the management of ongoing projects
- Support writing grant proposals for external funding opportunities
- Serve as a collaborative member of a team of interdisciplinary researchers

Preferred Qualifications:
- Knowledge of computational approaches to semantic knowledge representation, graph-based inference, and/or rule-based systems
- Experience applying machine learning methods to question answering tasks
- Knowledge of or interest in graphical visualization and/or user interface design
- Strong scholarly writing skills and publication record

Contact Information for Candidates Questions:
Peter Jansen at the contact information provided below.

Other Information:
Tucson has been rated “the most affordable large city in the U.S.”. With easy access to both a vibrant arts and culture scene and outdoor activities ranging from hiking to rock climbing to bird watching, Tucson offers a bit of something for everyone.

The University of Arizona is committed to meeting the needs of its multi-varied communities by recruiting diverse faculty, staff, and students. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA-M/W/D/V Employer. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Assistant Professor Peter Jansen

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