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Postdoctoral Associate in automated scientific discovery

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate in automated scientific discovery
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0160187
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

A 1-year postdoc position (with the possibility of renewal for an additional year) is available in the area of causal learning and automated scientific discovery. The successful applicant will explore the formal connections between causal learning in the graphical causal modeling tradition and the algorithmic determination of natural kinds (classes of causal structures that support law-like generalizations useful for prediction and control). This work is part of a larger project to develop methods for learning natural kinds and for discovering novel features (or variables) of scientific relevance. This project offers the opportunity to participate in active collaborations with ecologists, climate scientists, bioengineers, and cognitive scientists. The mentor for this position is Dr. Benjamin Jantzen, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Professor of Computer Science (by courtesy) at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. The position start date is August 1, 2017.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science, formal philosophy, applied math, statistics, or other related field at the time of appointment and a strong background in machine learning or graphical causal modeling. Candidates must have a rank-appropriate record of scholarship and collaboration in research on computational approaches to empirical learning, broadly construed.

Preferred Qualifications:

Programming proficiency (especially in Python) is desirable.

Employment Conditions:
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How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and at least two letters of recommendation to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting #SR0160187. Applicant screening will begin on March 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Benjamin Jantzen, Search Committee Chair, bjantzen@vt.edu. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: July 31, 2018
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Philosophy
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting Date: 12/15/2016
Review Begin Date: 03/15/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/72299

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
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