Positions in Noah's ARK

Post-doctoral researcher: NLP and ML for computational social science

I am seeking a post-doc to collaborate on a variety of projects applying natural language processing and machine learning to problems in computational social science.

Candidates are expected to be capable of working under limited supervision and should have strong communication skills. They are also expected to have reasonable development skills and have experience collaborating with others in the context of large-scale research projects and software projects. The successful candidate is expected to publish papers in top level conferences and journals along with other faculty and students.

The initial appointment is for one or two years. The start date is negotiable with a preference for early Fall 2013. Carnegie Mellon offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Faculty: Noah Smith

To apply: Send email to Noah.

Post-doctoral researcher: Privacy policy analysis

Project: usableprivacy.org

We are seeking a post-doc to work on a new, interdisciplinary project aimed at semi-automatically extracting relevant privacy policy features on a large-scale through a combination of natural language processing, crowdsourcing and machine learning. This is one of three large-scale, high-profile “Frontier” grants awarded under NSF’s Secure and Trusworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program this year. We are seeking a postdoc to develop, validate and deploy methods for large-scale, semiautomated text analysis of privacy policies, in order to extract key privacy policy features in a structured and easily understandable format. We seek an individual with expertise in natural language processing, machine learning, and crowdsourcing methodologies who is interested in usable privacy and is capable of interacting with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers working in this area. This project offers an exciting opportunity to develop a new, potentially high-impact application of NLP, in a high-energy research group spanning three universities (Carnegie Mellon University, where the post-doc will reside, Fordham University and Stanford University).

Candidates are expected to be capable of working under limited supervision and should have strong communication skills. They are also expected to have reasonable development skills and have experience collaborating with others in the context of large-scale research projects and software projects. Actual work is expected to involve a mix of conceptual design, experimentation, software development, and empirical evaluations, including field evaluations. The successful candidate is expected to publish papers in top level conferences and journals along with other faculty and students.

The initial appointment is for one or two years with option of renewal for a total of up to 42 months. The start date is negotiable with a preference for early Fall 2013. Carnegie Mellon offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Faculty: Noah Smith, Norman Sadeh; other faculty involved in this project are Alessandro Acquisti (CMU), Travis Breaux (CMU), Lorrie Cranor (CMU), Aleecia McDonald (Stanford), and Joel Reidenberg (Fordham/Princeton)

To apply: Forward your resume along with the names of 3 references to: Ms. Linda Francona, ISR - School of Computer Science, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891, USA, Tel: +1-412-268-9934, Email: laf20@cs.cmu.edu.

Graduate research assistant: Privacy policy analysis

Read about the project here: usableprivacy.org

Faculty: Noah Smith, Norman Sadeh; other faculty involved in this project are Alessandro Acquisti (CMU), Travis Breaux (CMU), Lorrie Cranor (CMU), Aleecia McDonald (Stanford), and Joel Reidenberg (Fordham/Princeton)

To apply: Send email to Noah for a meeting if you haven't already.

Graduate research assistant: Framing

Read about the project here: Compuframes project site. The primary goal for the 2013-2014 academic year is to develop a text analysis model that identifies uses of framing. This is an interdisciplinary project between computer scientists and political scientists.

Faculty: Noah Smith; other faculty involved in this project are Philip Resnik (UMD), Justin Gross (UNC Chapel Hill), and Amber Boydstun (UC Davis)

To apply: Send email to Noah for a meeting if you haven't already.

Graduate research assistant: Language and utility

This is a one-year project exploring new statistical language that incorporation a notion of utility maximization (an idea central to economics).

Faculty: Noah Smith, Bryan Routledge

To apply: Send email to Noah for a meeting if you haven't already.