Postdocs: University of Memphis

The Institute for Intelligent Systems in conjunction with the Psychology Department at the University of Memphis invites applications for three Postdoctoral positions in discourse and learning sciences under the direction of Dr. Art Graesser (art.graesser@gmail.com).

Position 1:

Application URL: https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/11894

Review Begins: April 1, 2016

The postdoc will conduct research on a project funded by the National Science Foundation. This project will develop and test intelligent collaborative learning environments that interact with learners in natural language. Therefore, a strong command of the English language is essential. This Postdoctoral position is for two years, with continuation to the second year contingent on renewal of grants/contracts and the outcome of annual evaluations. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Position 2:

Application URL: https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/11896

Review Begins: April 1, 2016

The candidate will conduct research on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences, Office of Naval Research, and/or Army Research Laboratory. These projects develop and test intelligent tutoring systems and collaborative learning environments with conversational agents that interact with learners in natural language. These learning environments cover a variety of different subject matters and applications, including the training of comprehension strategies with AutoTutor for the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, the training of basic electricity and electronics with AutoTutor or ElectronixTutor, and the training of urban science or medical engineering with virtual internships. Therefore, a strong command of the English language is essential. The Postdoctoral position is for two years, with continuation to the second year contingent on renewal of grants/contracts and the outcome of annual evaluations. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other institutions such as the University of Southern California, Georgia State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Arizona State University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Position 3

Application URL: https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/11980

Review Begins: June 1, 2016

The candidate will conduct research on a grant funded by the Institute of Education Sciences that focuses on training comprehension strategies with AutoTutor for the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy. This project develops and tests and intelligent tutoring systems conversational agents that interact with learners in natural language. Therefore, a strong command of the English language is essential. The Postdoctoral position is for two years, with continuation to the second year contingent on renewal of grants/contracts and the outcome of annual evaluations. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other institutions such as Georgia State University, University of Toronto, and Brock University.

The projects associated with the above three postdoctoral positions have an interdisciplinary scope that requires skills in several fields in order to adequately develop and test the agent-based learning environments. The relevant specialized skills include (1) collecting and analyzing data in experiments utilizing statistical, computational, and qualitative methodologies, (2) developing and modifying learning environments with agents using authoring tools that manage conversations, and (3) mining educational data with advances in computational linguistics, natural language understanding, and machine learning. Candidates trained in cognitive or social psychology, discourse processing, learning science, educational technology, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, and other related fields are encouraged to apply. All of the projects are collaborative and interdisciplinary so it is important for the candidate to be able to work in research teams and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

The Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) is housed in the FedEx Institute of Technology on the campus of the University of Memphis. TheĀ IISĀ (now over 30 years) is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and capabilities of intelligent systems, including psychological, biological, and artificial systems. Implementing our interdisciplinary mission requires assembling researchers in psychology, computer science, engineering, education, communication sciences & disorders, English/linguistics, philosophy, physics and other departments or colleges.

Whitney Baer

Project Coordinator

University of Memphis

Institute for Intelligent Systems

wbaer@memphis.edu

901.678.3885

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