Postdoctoral Research Associate-Machine Learning for Data Science

About University of Massachusetts Amherst:

University of Massachusetts 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.


The University's College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) is nationally recognized for its research activities, and has one of the highest ranked and most competitive graduate research programs in the nation. Its faculty, which includes 10 ACM Fellows and 8 AAAI Fellows, is distinguished by a unique culture of collaboration that enhances both research and teaching. Faculty members consistently work together across traditional boundaries between specialties within computer science, as well as across other disciplines. The College recently received a $15M gift to expand its data science and cyber security activities.


Job Description:

This position is a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the Machine Learning for Data Science Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The research area is machine learning with a focus on probabilistic models for multivariate time series data. This position will be funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and will involve collaboration with a research project team distributed across several US universities.


* Contributing to research including developing, implementing, evaluating and documenting machine learning models, algorithms, and software packages.

* Contributing to writing research articles, and preparing and delivering presentations describing the research.

* Contributing to the preparation of reports describing the status and progress of the research.

* Supporting collaboration with other members of the research project team.

* Attending and presenting at site visits and other project team meetings including teleconference and video conference-based meetings.




* Ph.D. in Computer Science or related field.

* Capacity for excellent research, as demonstrated by publications and other professional activities, appropriate to the number of years in the field.

* Expertise with programming languages appropriate to the specific field of study.

* Expertise with building and maintaining software systems.

* Familiarity with one or more specialized subareas of investigation within Computer Science.

* Ability to work with a minimal amount of supervision.


Additional Information:


The annual salary range is $60,000-$70,000 (dependent upon experience) with full benefits.


Anticipated appointment begin date is August 1, 2017 (negotiable) for one year and may be renewable, contingent upon funding.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three professional references to the submission link below.


More details about the position and the application process can be found at:


Review of applications will begin on July 19, 2017 and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. 


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