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Postdoctoral Research Associate - NLP for Education and/or Educational Research Infrastructure

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Computer Science
Union: Post Doc
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral research associate to work in the machine learning for education (ML4Ed) research group, led by Andrew Lan, at UMass Amherst. The postdoc will contribute to research directions including, but not limited to: 


Essential Functions:

  • Contributes to research in the ML4Ed research group. This can involve: developing new ideas, algorithms, conducting experiments, and building software.
  • Supervises graduate research assistants.
  • Assists in writing proposals, reports, and articles.



  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Education, Psychology, or related field.
  • Ideal candidates have a strong publication record in areas including artificial intelligence data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, and/or fields such as cognitive science, learning analytics, and psychometrics.


Additional Information

  • This is a temporary, grant-funded position. The initial appointment will be one year, with the possibility of reappointment contingent upon the availability of grant funding and satisfactory performance.
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit your CV and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references.


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