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Faculty positions

Multiple Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Posted September 3, 2020

The Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences (BCS), in collaboration with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research (MIBR) and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory (PILM) at MIT are looking to hire multiple tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor level or higher. The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers supportive mentorship to new faculty, an exceptional environment for scientific inquiry, and a strong commitment to an inclusive, welcoming culture. Applications from under-represented minorities will be given our highest consideration. 

The department is broadly interested in the mind and brain and we strongly encourage applications from creative candidates whose research relates to any aspect of brain and cognitive sciences. This includes (but is not limited to) candidates who: Study the mechanisms of brain function, plasticity, development, and/or disease at the molecular, cellular, circuit and/or systems level using cutting edge neurogenetic, molecular, electrophysiological, computational, or imaging technologies; Study cognition, development, sociocultural reasoning, motivation and decision-making, language, emotion, or perception; Take a diverse range of computational approaches, including machine learning, computer vision, robotics, probabilistic modeling, dynamical systems, planning, programming languages, or natural language processing, in seeking to understand natural intelligence by building artificially intelligent systems.

We are especially interested in researchers who can bring diverse perspectives or innovative methods.

Successful applicants are expected to develop and lead independent, internationally recognized research programs and to share in our commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education by teaching courses and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. PhD must be completed by start day of employment and some postdoctoral training is preferred.

Please submit application materials – cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests and representative reprints – online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16758. In addition, candidates should provide a statement regarding their views on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past and current contributions as well as their vision and plans for the future in these areas. To help direct the application, applicants should indicate areas of interest by selecting from the drop-down list included in the application. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted online. All application materials are due by midnight (EST) on December 1, 2020.

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Staff, research, and postdoctoral positions

Financial Coordinator

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FINANCIAL COORDINATOR, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, to serve as a key member of the finance team by coordinating financial activities and sponsored program administration for a dynamic academic neuroscience department.  Will coordinate the preparation, review, and submission of budgets and/or grant proposals; assist with proposal development and submission; track and monitor compliance and consistency with approved award budgets; coordinate timely payments, extensions, and closeouts; create, implement, and maintain budget and proposal tracking systems; forecast account balances; generate budget reports and produce budget forecasts; process UROP proposals and payroll; assist with graduate student funding and submit and maintain graduate student appointments; and track external fellowships for graduate students. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  bachelor’s degree in a related field; at least two years’ experience in accounting or finance; strong communication, analysis, and organizational skills; ability to learn changing technologies related to grants and contracts management; knowledge of federal guidelines and the principles, theories, and concepts of pre- and post-award grant management; high-level proficiency with Excel and other MS Office products; and knowledge of SAP or similar accounting package.  PREFERRED: MIT experience and experience in an academic research environment with an emphasis on sponsored research. Job #19636-6


Research Support Associate 1

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RESEARCH SUPPORT ASSOCIATE 1, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), to join the Computational Cognitive Science Lab.  Will serve as a primary contact for the PI; assume a broad range of lab support duties, including coordinating lab-wide events, monitoring inventory, assisting with the selection/sourcing/purchasing of equipment/supplies, managing vendor relationships, and maintaining equipment service records/contracts; assist researchers with programming in support of computational cognitive modeling and behavioral experimentation and potentially AI applications; assist with the grant submission and oversight process, helping coordinate proposal components and progress reports, and overseeing expenditures; coordinate reporting and inspections; oversee protocol implementation and renewals; coordinate lab financial and administrative management with BCS and CSAIL headquarters’ staff, including oversight of subcontracts, budget preparation and monitoring, database management, and report preparation; collaborate on maintaining lab website, shared server, data storage, software/licenses, lab calendar, desktop/work stations, and other online resources/equipment; gather and analyze information; serve as liaison to other MIT departments; work with PI on personnel hiring/onboarding/reappointments; help oversee lab personnel and their projects’ status; serve as a resource to students/postdocs; and perform additional duties as requested. 

Will be encouraged to develop and pursue collaborative research projects, participate in lab activities, and take relevant courses at MIT. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  high school diploma or its equivalent; interest in cognitive science, neuroscience, and/or artificial intelligence; initiative; flexibility; ability to develop and maintain complex organizational systems; programming experience; minimal website development experience; comfort interacting with a range of people, including undergraduate students and community members; self-motivation; and ability to work in a fast-paced and changing environment. PREFERRED:  bachelor's degree in related discipline, exposure to a research environment, and some research experience.  Job #19504-3

Must be available to work at changing hours, including evenings and weekends.

This is a one-year position with the possibility of extension dependent on funding.


Postdoctoral Associate—Low-resource Language Learning

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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE-LOW-RESOURCE LANGUAGE LEARNING, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), to join a large multidisciplinary, multi-PI project on low-resource language learning at the intersection of natural language processing, machine learning, linguistics, and cognitive science.  Human language technology has seen remarkable advances in the past several years, but relies heavily on data-hungry deep-learning models. The huge datasets required for high-performance levels with these technologies remain a privilege for only a handful of the world’s 6,000+ languages, keeping the fruits of NLP and machine learning from reaching everyone on the planet--especially the Global South. For linguistics and cognitive science, understanding of language structure, learning, and processing is similarly skewed toward resource-rich languages.  Will develop and test machine learning methods for natural language processing that perform well for typologically-diverse languages under data-scarce conditions and that help address questions of scientific interest in linguistics and cognitive science; and develop and maintain an independent research program in synergy with project goals.  Potential topics include automatic discovery of compositional morphological, syntactic, and semantic structure; induction of phonological rule or constraint systems; interactive, grounded learning of linguistic structure and meaning; and phylogenetic and areal modeling of language change. The project is supported by the MIT–IBM Watson AI Laboratory with direct supervision by Roger Levy.  Other PIs include Jacob Andreas, Regina Barzilay, Shiyu Chang, Jim Glass, Tommi Jaakola, Yoon Kim, Tahira Naseem, Mo Yu, and Yang Zhang. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in computer science, linguistics, cognitive science, or related field by the start date; expertise with natural language processing, deep learning, linguistic theory, and Bayesian statistics; and a background/interest in understudied languages, linguistic fieldwork language documentation, and linguistic typology.  Job #19430

Target start date is summer or fall 2021, with some potential flexibility.

Questions or inquiries about the position may be directed to Roger Levy at rplevy@mit.edu.

In addition to applying via the MIT website with a CV, cover letter, research statement, and contact information for three potential letter writers (which may be included as a single pdf on the MIT site), applicants are asked to submit their material to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18385.

To ensure fullest consideration of your application, please apply by April 16, 2021.

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