[Corpora-List] Research Fellow - Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning University of Birmingham

Mark Lee m.g.lee at cs.bham.ac.uk
Fri Dec 20 11:27:09 CET 2019

The Research Fellow will work on an exciting new multidisciplinary study split between the Schools of Psychology and Computer Science investigating whether Natural Language Processing can detect and classify difficulties understanding others’ thoughts and feelings (or ‘mindreading’) explain why school-aged children with symptoms of mental health problems experience adverse social outcomes at school.

Summary of Role

The Research Fellow will develop and test an automated scoring procedure to quantify children’s open-ended text-based responses to psychometric tests of mindreading. Specifically, the Research Fellow will be expected to develop and implement a machine learning framework for the given objective of this project. The Research Fellow will be responsible for disseminating the results of the project and will assist the project team in preparing applications for future research projects.

The Research Fellow will benefit from a range of training and supervision opportunities (e.g., Artificial Intelligence seminar series, Natural Language Processing research group and potential PhD supervision) while in post and will work as part of an interdisciplinary team made up of psychologists and computer scientists. In your application please include a cover letter stating how you match the person specification. Interviews will take place in January 2020. We expect that the post will begin in April 2020. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Dr Mark Lee at m.g.lee at cs.bham.ac.uk

Main duties

• Undertake day-to-day responsibility for developing automated scoring procedures.

• Provide regular analysis and updates for the principal investigator and co-investigators.

• Participate in project team meetings.

• Disseminate research findings through publication, posters, research seminars etc.

• Supervise students and junior team members where appropriate.

• Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

• Undertake additional research-related tasks as directed by the principal investigator.

• Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required

• Contribute to writing bids for research funding

• Analyse and interpret data

• Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding

• Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc

• Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline

• Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods

• Undertake management/administration arising from research

• Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration

• Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader

Person Specification

• A PhD or close to completion, in Computer Science/Computational Linguistics/Data Science or a related discipline (or equivalent experience).

• Demonstrable knowledge of natural language processing and machine learning methods for text classification.

• Strong programming ability in Python and practical knowledge of current natural language processing, machine learning or deep learning libraries and frameworks.

• Ability to disseminate research findings through publication and/or oral presentations.

• Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues from different academic disciplines.

• Self-directed, flexible approach to work. We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Best regards Mark Lee

Deputy Head of School, Computer Science, University of Birmingham www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~mgl

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