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Postdoc in Advanced Machine Learning for Multimodal Modeling of Affect and Attention (Computer Science Department at the University of Notre Dame)

The Computer Science Department at the University of Notre Dame anticipates hiring a full time postdoctoral fellow starting as early as August 1st 2016 for one year and renewable for a second year. The position includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


The postdoc will develop and apply machine learning techniques in the hierarchical and temporal domains to model the temporal dynamics of complex mental states (affect, attention, workload) from multimodal data (video, audio, physiology, eye gaze) across a range of interaction contexts (online learning, in-class learning, collaborative problem solving).


The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Sidney D’Mello, who has joint appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and Psychology at Notre Dame.  He/she will play a collaborative and co-leadership role in a vibrant research team encompassing researchers in Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology, and Education.


The position offers a unique postdoctoral training experience and unsurpassed publishing opportunities within multi-department and multi-institution grant-funded projects. The postdoc will be encouraged to develop advanced technical skills, strengthen their research portfolios via peer-reviewed publications, gain interdisciplinary experience by working with a diverse team, develop leadership skills by mentoring students, and gain expertise in authoring collaborative grant proposals.



·         Ph.D. in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, or a related field (at the time of hire)

·         Research experience in advanced machine learning for temporal and hierarchical domains (e.g., probabilistic graphical models, recurrent neural networks, deep learning)

·         Self-motivated with a strong work ethic and writing proficiency as evidenced by a strong publication record



·         Research experience in one or more of the following areas (computer vision, eye tracking, computational psychophysiology, multimodal fusion, affective computing, attentional computing, or related technical areas)

·         Experience working on interdisciplinary projects and/or on educational research

·         Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students


Job Details

·         1-2 year position. Initial contract is for one year (providing renewal after 6-month probationary period). Second year contract is based on performance and availability of funds.

·         Desired start date is August 1, 2016. However, start date is negotiable.

·         Competitive salary with benefits commensurate with qualifications.



How to Apply

·         Applicants should email (1) cover letter, (2) current CV, and (3) two representative publications (including full citation information) as a single PDF titled FirstNameLastName.pdf to Patrick Donnelly (

·         Inquiries may be addressed to Sidney D’Mello (


About the University of Notre Dame


The University of Notre Dame is a widely recognized and respected university in the U.S. It is one of the few universities to consistently rank in the top 25 in the U.S. News & World Report survey of America's best colleges. The University is located in South Bend Indiana, a city with a vibrant culture, affordable housing, excellent school systems, and within easy driving distance of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Further information on the Computer Science department can be found at

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