Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computer Science

Lowell, MA
May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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University of Massachusetts Lowell

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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computer Science

Computer Science

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The Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for one full-time, Postdoctoral Research Associate to start on June 1, 2017.

This is a one-year appointment with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in the areas of computational linguistics and machine learning. The postdoctoral researcher will join the Text Machine Language for Natural Language Processing at UMass Lowell's Computer Science Department and work directly under the supervision of Professor Anna Rumshisky. The Text Machine Lab is currently being supported by over 1.4M external/federal research grants from NSF, NIH, ARO, and the industry. The postdoctoral researcher will also have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with other high profile computer science and biomedical researchers in the Boston Metro areas, including MIT, Dartmouth College. Boston University, Brandeis University, and others.

The postdoc will be able to contribute to several research projects in the areas of text-based temporal reasoning, computational analysis of civil conflict and informational biases in social media, and predictive modeling of patient outcomes and disease trajectories using clinical text from the electronic health records.

Responsibilities will include assisting the team with the scientific, technical, and logistic direction of the project and contributing to the overall project implementation and administration. Specifically, the postdoc is expected to contribute to algorithm development and implementation, setting up and managing data annotation for the projects, as appropriate, preparation of technical reports and manuscripts for publication, presenting papers at scientific conferences, and the weekly supervision of undergraduate and graduate students on the team. The computer Science faculty has received approximately $9M in the last two years in external research funding from the NSF, DARPA, DOD, DHE, NIH, and corporations.

The department has 6 NSF CAREER Award recipients. More information about the department can be found at

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a tier1 public research university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology. UMass is located about 25 miles northwest of Boston in the high-tech corridor of Massachusetts. The Department of Computer Science currently has 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 3 full-time lecturers, and a few adjunct instructors serving over 700 BS students, 161 MS students, and 77 PHD students. It also offers an MS in Information Technology online program with over 100 students. It offers bioinformatics options at all levels, a robotics minor, a data science option, and a PhD in computational mathematics.

Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):
-Ph.D. in Computer Science or related field with a focus in natural language processing or machine learning
-Minimum 5-year experience conducting research in computational linguistics
-Substantial experience conducting linguistic annotation projects
-The ability to work effectively with diverse groups
-Must have earned doctorate at the time of appointment
-Must be willing and able to travel

Other Considerations:
-A strong publication record
-A thorough knowledge of scientific research methods in computational and machine learning
-Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and writing

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interest
Research Statement
Names and contact information of three references

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

*This is a one-year appointment with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.


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