Postdoc Position

Postdoc position @ Applied Cognitive Science Lab, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State.

The position has been filled.

We’re beginning new, NSF-funded research in the areas of linguistics and computational social science. Generally, we seek to model cognitive processes using large-scale datasets and experimentation. Our recent core contributions have been in psycholinguistic models of natural-language dialogue and in decision making. Our work in cognitive science is fueled by advances in computing. In turn, we translate progress in cognitive science to contributions in computer science, recently in cybersecurity and machine learning. We are looking for a postdoc with training in one or more of the following areas:

  • cognitive science (e.g., computational psycholinguistics and data-driven modeling),
  • deep connectionist representations, and
  • natural language processing and information retrieval.

While the successful applicant is likely to focus on some areas, strong practical computational skills and a research interest in cognition or linguistics are required. Duties will include contributing to a project that combines crowd-sourcing and natural language processing to curate a dataset for peace research. Beyond that, the post-doc is primarily expected to build a strong research agenda, but may also collaborate in the graduate students’ projects and teach. The initial appointment would be for one year and is renewable. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant area (or be in the final stages of obtaining one) and a strong record of publications.

The PI’s group currently consists of four Ph.D. students engaged in research on corpus-based cognitive linguistics, decision-making, and machine learning. Penn State provides a strong environment for work in the area, with its Center for Language Science, Departments of Psychology and Computer Science, and IST (Penn State’s “iSchool”), which is home to the ACS Lab. IST is collaborative and can provide interaction with researchers in psychology, data mining, AI/machine learning, computational social science, security, and more. Penn State is located in central Pennsylvania, within driving distance to Pittsburgh, New York, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

The position has been filled.