University of Alberta, Department of Computing Science

Position ID:UAlberta-Department of Computing Science-ALTAML2019 [#13467]
Position Title: Term-Limited Assistant Professor Position
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Edmonton, Alberta T6G2E8, Canada [map]
Subject Areas: Computational Science and Engineering / Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing
Appl Deadline:2019/05/03help popup finished (2019/04/01, finished 2019/06/27, listed until 2019/07/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the area of Natural Language Processing. This Assistant Professor position carries a normal teaching load (two courses in the first year and three courses in subsequent years), allows the incumbent to co-supervise graduate students as well as apply to and hold research funding.   

The position is the "AltaML Professorship in Natural Language Processing" sponsored by AltaML, Inc ( and is contingent on external funding. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong research record in the areas of Natural Language Processing and/or Understanding and/or Generation.  Solid knowledge and use of Machine Learning in the candidate's research will be considered a strong asset.

The successful candidate may be considered as a nominee for a funded research chair position, e.g., the Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair in the Faculty of Science, if the appointment advances the strategic considerations of the Department of Computing Science, the Faculty of Science and the University of Alberta.

According to the department is ranked #1 in Canada and #4 in the world in terms of number of publications at top AI venues in the last 10 years, and it is also home to Amii (, the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, formerly known as AICML.  It is noteworthy that the 2017 Government of Canada Budget included an investment of $125 million into a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy which features a major investment in research at the University of Alberta.  The department is home to 46 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, and nearly 300 graduate students in its Ph.D. and M.Sc. programs. The University of Alberta is home to over 31,000 undergraduate students, 7,600 graduate students, and 600 postdoctoral fellows.

The successful candidate will have strong communication skills and also demonstrate a commitment to highly effective graduate and undergraduate teaching.  They will establish their own funded research programs, co-supervise graduate students, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses. Strong potential for productive interactions with researchers in the department or in other disciplines at the University of Alberta will be considered an asset.  The candidate must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree by the appointment date.

Applicants are asked to submit the following (all files must be submitted in PDF format):

  • a full curriculum vitae,
  • a 1-2 page research statement which should (1) highlight contributions to their field of research, (2) present an overview of their planned research program for 5 years and (3) describe how the candidate will interact, collaborate with and complement other researchers at the University of Alberta,
  • a 1-page teaching statement including their experience and interests, and
  • their most significant peer-reviewed published contribution to their field of research

Each applicant must also ensure that three referees will submit (through the submission website) confidential reference letters about their accomplishments and their potential as an independent researcher. Note that these letters may be shared internally for review, and with AltaML's upper management.

All applications are to be submitted at, and complete applications and all reference letters must be received by May 3rd, 2019 for full consideration. 

For further information please email the Department Chair’s Executive Assistant at (please use “AltaML Professorship in Natural Language Processing” as the email’s subject).

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Department of Computing Science
2-52 Athabasca Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2E8

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