Research Fellow in Natural Language Processing

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University of Melbourne
Parkville, Australia
Application Deadline
$72,083 - $97,812

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville, Melbourne, Australia

Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering

Department/School: School of Computing and Information Systems

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

• Contribute to an innovative, cutting-edge research project
• Grow your career in an emerging research are with real-world applications
• 2 year fixed-term opportunity

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen MSE’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

About the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) We are international research leaders with a focus on delivering impact and making a real difference in three key areas: data and knowledge, platforms and systems, and people and organisations.

At the School of Computing and Information Systems, you'll find curious people, big problems, and plenty of chances to create a real difference in the world.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a postdoctoral Research Fellow for a 2-year position in natural language processing to join a research project on detecting, quantifying and preventing bias and unfairness in natural language processing applications. The research involves

  • systematic quantification of the extent of bias across NLP applications
  • derivation of theoretical bounds of bias in training datasets and learnt models
  • the development of new methods which are both more socially equitable, as well as less prone to expose private data in the learned representations

We invite applications from researchers passionate about natural language processing and fair machine learning to contribute to a research project with strong practical value.

The project is supervised by Professor Tim Baldwin, Professor Trevor Cohn, and Dr Lea Frermann. You will join a vibrant research environment in natural language processing and machine learning at Australia’s premier university.

Your Profile

We are looking for a passionate researcher with a strong motivation to deliver excellent research outcomes. You will possess outstanding communication skills with an ability to convey research concepts to a broad audience.

You will have:

  • A PhD in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, or related field, awarded or submitted for examination.
  • An emerging research track record and recognition of high-quality research outputs
  • Strong programming skills and the ability to implement practical systems along with experience in machine learning and/or computational linguistics.
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills.

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application form and upload your Resume.


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