Postdoc Position in NLP at McGill University
We are actively looking for a new post-doc to join the Reasoning and Learning Lab at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the fall of 2017. The initial term of appointment is for one year, renewable upon demonstration of good progress. While the specific parameters of the project are flexible, we are interested in candidates working in one or more of the following areas:
- integrating diverse sources of knowledge for text applications (e.g., corpus data, knowledge bases)
- information extraction (e.g., multiwords expressions)
- reinforcement learning for NLP
- multilingual NLP (e.g., machine translation)
Candidates are expected to have a good publication record at top NLP and/or machine learning venues, excellent initiative, and communication skills. We have a preference for candidates with a background in designing and implementing deep learning models and in reinforcement learning. The primary responsibilities are to conduct independent research, and to collaborate with junior students. There will be minimal duties in terms of teaching, reporting or grant writing. Several past post-docs from the RL Lab are now in faculty positions in North America and abroad.
The faculty PIs on this project are:
- Prof. Jackie Chi Kit Cheung (McGill)
- Prof. Doina Precup (McGill)
- Prof. Fatiha Sadat (UQAM)
Lab website: http://rl.cs.mcgill.ca/
The RL Lab is a thriving lab of four faculty members and 50+ students at all levels. Research activities include a broad spectrum of work in applied and theoretical aspects of NLP and machine learning. Current domains of applications include health-care, dialogue systems, and robotics.
Interested candidates should send us a CV and contact information for three references by e-mail (jcheung@cs). We will begin reviewing applications by Aug 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.
Note to Prospective Students
Thanks for your interest in working in my lab! Please read the following information before contacting me, according to your current status.
- Undergraduates currently at McGill: You can send me an e-mail to ask about research projects that might be available. Please include your transcript and a description of why you want to work in natural language processing, and be sure to highlight any relevant background you might have. I am more likely to be able to supervise you if you are planning to apply for a summer internship (under the NSERC USRA or SURA program), or are planning to do an Honour's thesis.
- M.Sc. applicants: M.Sc. admissions are handled centrally in our department. Please see this page for application instructions. I do not typically fund beginning M.Sc. students until after they have taken a course with me or shown other evidence of research potential. Unfortunately, I cannot evaluate your profile or tell you what your chances are by e-mail.
- M.Sc. students currently at McGill: If you're looking for a M.Sc. thesis advisor, I recommend taking (and doing well in) my graduate-level NLP course.
- Ph.D. applicants: Please submit a full, official application through the official application procedure. See this page for more information. If you list me as one of your potential supervisors, I will be notified and will review your file. You can send me an e-mail after submitting your application to let me know that you have listed my name if you'd like, but this is not necessary. Unfortunately, I cannot evaluate your profile or tell you what your chances are by e-mail without an official completed application.