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 Postdoctoral Position
Institution/Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location: Illinois, U.S.A.
Job Type: Postdoctoral
Contact Person: Dolores Albarracín
Date Posted: April 16th, 2016
Web Site:!hsmg/czr2

A postdoctoral position is available within a collaborative team involving he University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pennsylvania. This position involves participating in a multi-disciplinary project of Text Data Mining, particularly using approaches in Natural Language Processing and Statistical Machine Learning, with the aim of addressing public health and policy questions. This position involves working closely with researchers in Psychology, Computer Science, and Public Policy (see below for a list of key collaborators). The successful candidate will collaborate with other researchers to analyze large-scale data sets, develop algorithms, and prepare scientific manuscripts and grant applications. The data analysis will involve massive social media data, survey responses, and health outcomes. This position offers opportunities to contribute to the design of new semantic features and novel methods to meet the unique analytical challenges of social media data. Applications will be reviewed as they come in until the position is filled. The position may be renewed (subject to the availability of funding).

Key Collaborators

• Dolores Albarracín, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Man-pui Sally Chan, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D., Annenberg School for Communication and Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
• ChengXiang Zhai, Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


• PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, or a relevant discipline
• Interest in using data science approach to solve public health problems
• Solid programming skills and experience with Python, Java, C or C++
• Ability to work comfortably in a Unix/Linux environment
• Ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team
• Excellent organizational skills

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a CV (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests and contact information for 3 references to email:

Please visit our website for further information!hsmg/czr2

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