• Postdoc Research Scientist

    Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City | US-Remote
    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/20/2018 2:16 PM)
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  • Overview

    ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.


    Are you passionate about solving big scientific problems in education through innovative technology and working in a highly multi-disciplinary collaborative environment? Would you like to know more about how computer vision, affective computing and machine learning are helping create new forms of learning and assessment tools? If this sounds intriguing, then we’d like to talk to you about a role as part of a new ACTNext ACT R&D team tackling a set of problems requiring significant innovation.


    ACTNext has an opening for a Postdoc Research Scientist in the AI and Machine Learning group. This newly established group is pursuing cutting edge multidisciplinary research in creating a new generation of learning and assessments targeting modern educational paradigms including adaptive learning, educational content development, educational games and various forms of behavioral and in vivo assessments. We are conducting research on using rich multi-sensory data including audio and video and recent advances in NLP, computer vision, affective computing, psychometric analysis and cognitive science to build some of most advanced dynamic models for educational assessment in authentic, real-world scenarios. This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a research and development team and make an impact with innovative education technology.


    This position is full-time, with expected duration of two years based on performance, continuation of funding and programmatic need.  This position can be located in our Iowa City, IA headquarters or remote.


    Minimum Qualifications



    • PhD in Computer Science specializing in machine learning or related areas. Candidates in the final stages of obtaining a PhD degree or completing a postdoctoral assignment are encouraged to apply.
    • Publication record in the top-tier international research venues in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, NLP and related areas required.
    • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired 


    • Expertise in machine learning, probabilistic graphical models required
    • Experience with deep learning models including RNNs, LSTM, GANs, CNN, etc., required
    • Experience using cloud computing for machine learning and deep learning frameworks such as AWS SageMaker, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, etc.
    • Experience in educational applications of machine learning is a plus. 
    • Experience that includes pursuit of or collaboration with interdisciplinary projects, transferring techniques to a new context or connecting scientific fields that are usually separate required.
    • Demonstrated participation in dissemination activities through the publications of research papers in peer review journals required.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Solid programming skills utilizing Python and/or R, Java, C, C++ required
    • Self-motivated and self-driven
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and work as part of a team
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills required
    • Results-oriented and innovative



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