Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University

Position ID:Chapman University-Schmid College of Science and Technology-F17MLATPD [#9187]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow, Translational Autism Research
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Computer Science / Machine Learning
Psychology / Quantitative
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2017/05/19, finished 2018/05/20, listed until 2017/11/19)
Position Description:    

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

The Machine Learning and Assistive Technology (MLAT) Lab in the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in translational autism research with experience in computational psychology, computer science, or statistics. The appointment will begin in August 2017 for one year with a second year extension possible.

Chapman University, located in the heart of Orange County, California, is ranked in the top tier of western universities by U.S. News and World Report, and has gained national recognition for its commitment to excellence through innovative research and teaching. Schmid College of Science and Technology embodies Chapman’s commitment to interdisciplinarity, fostering an outstanding community of teacher-scholars across a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs. More information on the College and its future 140,000 ft2 home, the Center for Science and Technology, can be found here: More information on the Machine Learning and Assistive Technology Lab, can be found here:

Required Qualifications:
1) A Ph.D. or equivalent of a doctoral degree by the beginning of employment at Chapman University. While preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in psychology, computer science, or statistics, the ability to conduct independent, translational research will be weighed more heavily than the specific discipline of the terminal degree.
2) The doctorate or equivalent must have been awarded within the last five years and candidate has not exceeded five years of prior postdoctoral experience. 
3) Expertise in one of the following programming languages: R, Python, MatLab
4) Familiarity with machine learning algorithms such as logistic regression, decision trees, neural networks, and clustering, as well as computational toolkits that implement these algorithms.
5) Experience with multivariate statistics

Desired Qualifications:
1) Interest and ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students
2) Research interests in autism spectrum disorder that are likely to be carried through the early-career phase.

The researcher will apply computational techniques to analyze large volumes of data in order to better understand Autism Spectrum Disorder and its treatment. The researcher will work under the mentorship of the MLAT Lab Director and Principle Investigator in conjunction with senior clinical collaborators to publish research in scholarly journals, present research results at conferences, and seek external funding. The successful candidate will also be expected to occasionally serve as a mentor and educator of undergraduate and graduate researchers.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials via Academic Jobs Online:
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Research Statement
  • Chapman Faculty Application for Employment
  • Three Letters of Reference. References must speak to the candidate’s ability to carry out research in the areas above. At least two of these letters must be from an academic source. 
Applicant file review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to:
Dr. Erik Linstead, Director of Undergraduate Computer Programs

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866 Human Resources Department


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