Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Linguistics

Sydney, Australia
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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About the Department

The Department of Computing is committed to excellence in terms of its teaching, research, and industry and external collaborations. Being located at the northern end of Sydney’s ‘Silicon Valley’, the Department enjoys the advantages of a large green field campus in the hub of Sydney’s IT industry.

The Department of Computing aims to elevate the international standing of scientific and technological research that is already well established at Macquarie University. For more information about the department please visit

The Role

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing Group in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University (Sydney).

These positions are associated with Professor Mark Johnson’s research project on Natural Language Processing for Multi-Modal Interaction and Dialog. The project involves research on the following topics: Machine Learning, Natural Language Understanding, Computer Vision, Natural Language Generation and Dialog.

The successful applicant will lead research into Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision and/or Dialog, including designing, implementing and evaluating computational models and systems, designing, validating and evaluating training data generation processes (including crowd-sourcing methods), designing, running and analysing experiments, preparing research publications, supervising graduate students, and organisational aspects of the lab as needed.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, applications must address the selection criteria below, and attach your CV (including a list of 2 referees), a statement of research interests and achievements, and availability.


  • PhD in computational linguistics, natural language processing, machine learning or related discipline
  • Excellent knowledge of deep learning machine learning
  • Experience with designing, implementing and evaluating deep learning
  • Demonstrated ability to use deep learning toolkits such as TensorFlow and/or PyTorch
  • Excellent programming skills
  • A strong research track record evidenced by first-authored publications in high quality conference and journal publications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Experience with statistical analysis
  • Experience writing grant proposals
  • Experience supervising graduate students
  • Research experience working with young children

Salary Package: from $101,877 - $120,537 (Level B) or from $124,392 – 143,051 (Level C), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type

  • Full-time, 1-year fixed term (with possibility for renewal)
  • 1x Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level B) and 1x Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level C)

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Mark Johnson on (Please send your CV and a sample publication with enquiries)

General Recruitment Enquiries: Diane Abinoja on

Applications Close: Sunday, 5 August 2018 at 11:55 pm AEST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.