Hiring soon

I will be looking to hire two post-docs soon!

Both post-doc positions will be full time with the University of Birmingham and are set to start January 2022 for a period of two years. However, depending on when you finish your PhD or any prior position, it should be possible to move the start date earlier or later.

Hiring will start this summer, with the call being released June/July. Interviews will take place early Fall. For more information on the role, don’t hesitate to contact me after you’ve read the info below.

Overview of the project

You will join an exciting new research project called Making Numbers Meaningful, funded by the UKRI as part of the Future Leaders Fellowship program. The project has two strands.

Impact activities and practical applications outside of academia

The project also has a strong applied component, including ongoing collaborations with industry partners, such as the data science apprenticeship firm Digital Native, Birmingham Innovation Campus, and the ‘BrumAI’ Birmingham Artificial Intelligence network. Among other things, the goal is to develop communication-focused training materials, workshops, and a MOOC targeted at data scientists. In addition, we’ll organize some fun data visualization hackathons!

What I am looking for

The project is highly interdisciplinary. As “numerical communication” is a vast field with many different angles, I am open to a wide range of applicants. I’m excited about the opportunity to work together with people from different fields and create an interdisciplinary team.

Computer scientist:
You either have 1) extensive experience with computer vision to aid the automated detection and classification of graphs and/or gestures in data bases such as the TV News Archive, or you have 2) extensive experience in NLP and knowledge extraction methods, especially if any of it has to do with multimodal documents.

Among other things, a long-term goal of the project is to develop a way of extracting the “numerical finger print” of multimodal documents, which will require bringing together NLP and computer vision skills. In addition, it is planned to release large-scale databases of automatically annotated numerical language and graphs, as well as tools for scientists that facilitate the automated analysis of numerical communication.

Psychologist/linguist:
I am very open to applications from all areas of linguistics and the cognitive sciences, but a skillset that is complementary to mine is a big plus. Specifically, it would be really useful if your research is in any of the following areas:

So, if you’re interested in working with me, reach out to me as soon as possible!