Job advertisement: Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Modelling of Language Learning/Processing

Position Vacant – Ref 1535/16 Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Modelling of Language Learning/Processing, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

The Speech and Language Program in the MARCS Institute in association with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with high level skills and expertise in the area of computational modelling of language.

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development is an interdisciplinary research institute of Western Sydney University. Research at MARCS is conducted in five interdisciplinary research programs: Speech & Language, Music Cognition & Action, Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, Multisensory Communication, and Human-Machine Interaction. MARCS is located on the Bankstown, Campbelltown, Kingswood and Parramatta campuses.

Administered by The Australian National University, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (COEDL) includes the following Collaborating and Partner Organisations – The University of Melbourne; The University of Queensland; University of Western Sydney (The MARCS Institute); Appen Pty Ltd, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Chinese University of Hong Kong; Cornell University, NY; Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; The Pennsylvania State University; The University of Auckland, NZ; The University of Hong Kong; The University of Manchester; University of Liverpool and University of Surrey.

COEDL will address the most critical questions about language: How do languages evolve? How different can languages be? How do our brains acquire and process them? How can technologies deal with the complexity and enormous variability of language in its central role in human information processing? What can Australia do to increase its linguistic abilities at a time of increasingly multilingual demands in trade and information? The Centre will also secure language heritage, develop new language technologies, connect policy with Indigenous and migrant communities, and build strategies to help 1st and 2nd language learning and those isolated by language difficulties.

We are seeking a dynamic, forward thinking and innovative scholar to take up this postdoctoral fellowship. The successful applicant is expected to be developing a strong international standing and research reputation, based on an excellent research background in computational science or computational linguistics specifically in computational psycholinguistics or computational phonetics/phonology.

This is a full-time, fixed term position for a period of 12 months based at our Bankstown campus.

Please note: Applicants need to submit within their on-line application a research and scholarly activity plan (i.e. a research proposal) for the position that they have discussed with Associate Professor Paola Escudero.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A (Step 3-Step 4) $93,659 to $99,365 p.a. (comprising Salary $84,498 to $89,646 p.a., plus 9.5% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Associate Professor Paola Escudero,

Closing Date: 13 November 2016

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