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Postdoctoral Researcher, Fisher Lab
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 05/07/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Psychology, Fisher Lab within Dietrich College is searching for a Postdoctoral Researcher under the direction of Anna Fisher. This is a dynamic opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the department by providing critical support by contributing expertise in NLP/computational modeling/psycholinguistics to the goals of ongoing projects. The postdoctoral researcher will join projects examining how features of linguistic input contribute to the acquisition of semantic knowledge. There will be opportunities for authoring scientific manuscripts and submitting grant applications.  

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Design, implement, and analyze the data from research studies that address the goals of the project and to examine how features of linguistic input contribute to the acquisition of semantic knowledge
  • Utilize computational modeling approaches and NLP tools to fulfill the goals of the research projects
  • Keep detailed documentation of the studies’ pipeline
  • Prepare conference and manuscript submissions
  • Participate in training of research personnel/volunteers
  • Prepare grant submissions
  • Other duties as assigned  

 Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Dietrich College.  Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.


  • PhD required
  • 1-3 years’ experience related experience required
  • Experience analyzing linguistic corpora, conducting experimental research, and using computational modeling approaches (e.g., neural networks, distributional modeling in vector spaces, probabilistic approaches) and implementation tools (e.g., PyTorch, Tensorflow) to investigate phenomena in language and cognition preferred
  • Experience and/or coursework in cognitive science, neuroscience, development science, or related fields is highly desirable
  • A strong record of publishing in the field of NLP/Computational linguistics and/or Cognitive Science is a plus, as is previous experience with grant applications

You should demonstrate:

  • Ability to work well with other and/or as part of a team
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail; keep and maintain accurate and detailed reports and records
  • Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks simultaneously

More Information:

Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon ” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

A listing of employee benefits is available at: www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/ .

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

Statement of Assurance: https://www.cmu.edu/policies/administrative-and-governance/statement-of-assurance.html .

Job Function
: Research 
Primary Location
: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Full Time 
Minimum Education Level: Doctorate 

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