Postdoctoral Fellowship in Toronto

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Linguistics/Computational Cognitive Modeling of Language, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
Applications are invited for one or more postdoctoral fellowships in computational linguistics at the University of Toronto, in a research group that works on computational cognitive models of language acquisition and language processing, and on statistical methods for learning lexical semantic information from large text corpora.  We take a very multidisciplinary approach to building systems that learn about words, integrating machine learning approaches with theories and insights from the fields of linguistics and psycholinguistics.Successful candidates will contribute substantially to ongoing research activities in computational lexical semantics and/or cognitive modeling of language acquisition and processing, and participate in developing new research directions in these areas.  In addition to pursuing independent and collaborative research activities, the position will involve engagement in undergraduate student supervision and co-supervision of graduate students, along with some administrative duties.

The postdoc will work with Professor Suzanne Stevenson and her students in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto (UofT), as well as with collaborators within and outside the department.  See for examples of publications coming out of the research group.  The precise research focus for the postdoctoral fellowship will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate to maximize the potential for innovative and collaborative research with the PI and her students/collaborators and for professional development of the postdoctoral fellow.

Computer Science at UofT is a top-ten department that is well known for its strength in artificial intelligence, including a world-renowned computational linguistics group with 3 faculty members and over 20 graduate students and postdocs (  Our research group engages with an active psycholinguistics community at UofT that draws participants from Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology, and other departments across the campus. The university is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world, and the St. George campus (the location of the postdoctoral fellowship) is situated in the vibrant mid-town area of the world’s most multicultural city (’re looking for candidates who are committed to the multidisciplinary study of language from a computational perspective, and who have a PhD in computational linguistics or in a related field with experience in computational modeling.  Salary will be minimum $60,000/year, depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, plus $5,000/year in research funds.  The term is for minimum 1 year, to start as soon as a successful candidate is identified.  Course teaching is not required but opportunities to engage in teaching in computer science or cognitive science may be available.  Any inquiries concerning further details of the position should be directed to the e-mail address below.

Applications should contain: (1) a cover letter clearly indicating the candidate’s research goals for the postdoc and possible start dates,(2) a full CV, (3) a statement of research interests, (4) two or three example publications, and (5) the names and e-mail addresses of three referees.  Application materials should be e-mailed as PDF files to Suzanne Stevenson,  Priority will be given to applications received by January 16, 2014.