Research Assistant, Machine Learning and NLP

17 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Description

The Institute of Data Science at National University of Singapore (NUS) is looking for pre-doctoral Research Assistants to work on machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) research for indigenous/vernacular languages. The project (see is a newly-funded international collaboration between Singapore and New Zealand on data science, focusing on multi-lingual Q&A for revitalising and facilitatng indigenous/vernacular languages in Southeast Asia and New Zealand through AI and data science. The NUS team, led by Professors See-Kiong Ng and Stephane Bressan, will be working closely with the NZ team led by Professors Ruili Wang (Massey University), Michael Witbrock (Auckland University) and Te Taka Keegan (University of Waikato) in this 3-year project.

The pre-doctoral Research Assistants will be responsible for undertaking novel research in ML and NLP, focusing on multi-lingual Q&A for low-resource languages. The research should lead to publications in top-tier international conferences and journals, new research resources such as well-annotated NLP datasets, and implementations in real-world applications.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility to extend based on performance. Selected candidates will be offered with attractive/competitive salaries and benefits.


  • Research and develop new ML-based methodologies and algorithms in NLP for multi-lingual Q&A in low-resourced languages
  • Design and implement data collection for NLP research for regional indigenous/vernacular languages
  • Participate in knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer activities with external partners and collaborators



  • A B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science or equivalent, with specialization in machine learning and natural language processing, and with a PhD degree expected within a year;
  • Proven ability to conduct independent research with a strong and relevant publication record;
  • Prior experience in computational linguistics or NLP, and state-of-the-art ML techniques such as few-shot learning and transfer learning would be a plus;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and oral presentation skills in English;
  • Experienced in working in a team, with people of diverse skillsets and cultural background.

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