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National Cheng Kung University


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 research that 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 method for training ANNs and do early detection of AD from the scarce labelled data that exists.

We 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 startup we plan to fund in 2022.

To apply, please submit (1) a current CV, including a short biography and publication list, (2) one recommendation letter, and (3) a cover letter describing research interests, career goals, and salary expectation, as one PDF file by email to by March 31st, 2018. We are also recruiting 5 additional PhD students, so please spread the word.

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