Postdoctoral Research Associate I-SGPP (NLP)

Tucson, AZ
Feb 19, 2021
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution
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School of Govt & Public Policy

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Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The School of Government and Public Policy of the University of Arizona invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate I position with an emphasis on computational social science. This position starts Fall 2021 (mid-August). The project aims at understanding variations in Central American migration patterns through Mexico into the United States. To do so, the project will rely on a methodologically diverse team combining Computational Social Science and causal inference strategies to analyze large volumes of administrative documents and news stories, to identify how local conditions shape international migration patterns. The selected candidate will work with Dr. Javier Osorio and Dr. Alex Braithwaite on this research project with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Research Associate I will contribute to the design, conduct, and evaluation of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning tools to gather, classify, and extract information from news stories and administrative records in both English and Spanish.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Lead the tasks of gathering, classifying, and extracting information from news stories and administrative records in English and Spanish using NLP and ML tools, and evaluate their performance.
- Build an automated or supervised data gathering and processing pipeline to update the data on a regular basis.
- Conduct quantitative analysis in preparation of policy reports and scientific manuscripts.
- Participate in the intellectual life of the School of Government and Public Policy and the University of Arizona.

Minimum Qualifications:

- PhDdegree in Computer Science, Computational Social Science, Political Science,Sociology, or Economics.
- Fluency in both English and Spanish (required).
- Experience in expertise in designing and conducting high quality researchusing Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.
- Experience in quantitative methods and causal inference research skills.
- Experience in leading and managing research groups.
- Experience in conducting academic research analyzing political, economic, social, or environmental factorsaffecting human migration flows.

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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Position is open until filled. First review will be on March 15, 2021. General questions can be directed to Dr. Javier Osorio Assistant Professor - School of Government and Public Policy at [email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.Shortlisted candidates will be invited to conduct an online interview.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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