Designation/Position- Postdoctoral Fellow
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan offers Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Neuro Science/Development Psychology/Artificial Intelligence. Eligible and interested candidate can apply online.
About- NCKU is one of the two major comprehensive universities in Taiwan, located in Tainan. The other one is National Taiwan University in Taipei. NCKU is number one in Engineering and Material Science based on research paper ranking by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. NCKU is also number one in Academia-Industry Collaborations nationwide. The Best College Graduates Nominated by Industry (Global Views Magazine/104 Job Bank) and by top 1000 Taiwanese Enterprises (Cheers Magazine) ranked NCKU as number one in Taiwan 2010-2015. Times Higher Education placed NCKU 501-600th in World University Rankings 2018, 47th in Asia University Rankings 2017, and 22nd in BRICS & Emerging Economies 2017. NCKU was ranked 29th in “The Best Global Universities for Engineering” by the US News & World Report 2016 and 49thin Engineering by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in2014. The 2016 Essential Science Indicators (ESI) ranking of published articles placed NCKU 24thin Engineering and 48th in Material Science. The Dept. of Mechanical Engineering ranks 2nd in Taiwan and 24th in Asia.
Research/Job area– Neuro Science/Development Psychology/Artificial Intelligence
Location- National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City, Taiwan
Eligibility/Qualification- Research group prefer applicants with a PhD in Neuro Science or Development Psychology and interest in AI, with experience of mathematical modelling, data analysis, and experiments involving human subjects. Expertise in a scientific programming language, in particular Python or Matlab, is beneficial. Priority will be given to native English speakers that love to write. This is an excellent opportunity to focus on one topic for 4-years,in a friendly and inclusive environment, and get significant publications and project management practice to propel the next step in a career in academia. Over the next decade, many professors at the top universities in Taiwan will retire, e.g. at our department we need to recruit 4 new faculty members within the next two years. Or you can join the start up we plan to fund in 2022.
Job/Position Description- The Nordling Lab at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) is seeking a Postdoctoral fellow in Neuro Science, Development Psychology, and Artificial Intelligence(AI). Our group is doing potentially lifesaving interdisciplinary researchthat involves our core competence in data science and mathematical modelling of biological and cyber-physical systems. We recently got a large 4-year grant to study human learning and cognitive development,in order to develop new learning methods for artificial neural networks (ANNs) and do early detection of Alzheimer’s disease(AD). We are currently building smart toys, containing sensors and actuators, that enable us to record longitudinal data on how children interact with the toy and thus study development of the sensorimotor function. We plan to obtain data almost daily,following each child from roughly 3-months until 3-years of age. We plan to use system identification techniques to derive dynamical models within the dynamical systems theory framework that over the past decade has risen as a model for explaining cognitive development. We believe these models will shed new insights into human learning and development. Today a human can from a single example learn what it takes an ANN thousands or millions of examples. Through bio-mimicking, we plan to create a more data efficient methodfor training ANNs and do early detection of ADfrom the scarce labelled data that exists.
About the Principal Investigator- Dr. Torbjörn Nordling is an Assistant Professor in Automatic Control at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) since Sept. 2015. He obtained both his Ph.D. in Automatic Control (2013) and his M.Sc. in Engineering Physics (2005) from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Previously, he did a PostDoc at the Dept. of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University in Sweden. He has been a visiting researcher at Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine in Naples, Italy and ERATO Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project at Japan Science and Technology Agency in Tokyo, Japan. He has also co-founded two companies—Nordron AB and Jagah Systems AB—and been CEO of the former for almost two years.
How to Apply- To apply, please submit
(1) a current CV, including a short biography and publication list,
(2) one recommendationletter, and
(3) a cover letter describing research interests, career goals, and salary expectation,
as one PDF file by email to [email protected] March 31st, 2018.We are also recruiting 5 additional PhD students, so please spread the word.