Monash University: Academic Opportunities in Dialogue Research [Melbourne, Australia]

Monash University is seeking to fill multiple academic opportunities in Dialogue Research in Melbourne, Australia: Level B Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in North America), Level C Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor in North America).

At: Monash University
Location: Melbourne, AustraliaMonash University
Position: Academic Opportunities in Dialogue Research

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$95,297 - $113,166 pa Level B (plus 17% employer superannuation)
$116,737 - $134,606 pa Level C (plus 17% employer superannuation)

The Opportunity

With over 130 academics, the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University is growing rapidly, hiring 50 world-leading faculty in artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, creative technologies and human-computer interaction, and organisational and social informatics.

Among our areas of growth is a new group in artificial intelligence, the Laboratory for Dialogue Research. We invite outstanding academics to join our world-class team to deliver high-quality teaching and research that will help shape the future of AI for conversational assistants, human-robot interaction, customer service, and many other application domains.

Multiple Faculty Openings in LDR are available at a Level B Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in North America), Level C Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor in North America) with a preference for the following areas of expertise:

(1) Natural language processing (semantic parsing, generation)
(2) Dialogue
(3) Planning and plan recognition, multi-agent systems
(4) Automated reasoning and knowledge representation
(5) Machine learning (deep neural networks, reinforcement learning, etc.)

Other areas of natural language processing or multimodal interaction that could contribute to dialogue research will be considered. The successful candidate will join a rapidly expanding multidisciplinary group in the above areas. When applying, please indicate your area of specialization.

Prof. Phil Cohen is the supervising professor, an AAAI Fellow and international pioneer in dialogue, multi-agent systems, and multimodal HCI. Please see following link:

Laboratory for Dialogue Research Flyer

The successful candidate will be an energetic and innovative academic, who has strong methodological skills and the ability to pioneer in emerging research areas. You will have a PhD in computer science, engineering, information sciences, cognitive or linguistic sciences, or a related field. You will also have several years of post-PhD research or work experience, commensurate with level of appointment. All candidates must have a strong publication record in top conferences and journals, excellent teamwork, communication/writing skills, and teaching/mentoring experience. Evidence of grants and industry partnerships is preferred.

All staff are expected to make significant contributions to the teaching effort of the faculty and are responsible for conducting and fostering excellence in research, teaching and mentoring, and professional activities. More senior faculty also are expected to contribute to policy development in their field across the Faculty of IT, Monash University, and broader community.

The Melbourne Area

For six consecutive years, Melbourne has been rated the #1 city worldwide for quality of life (see Economist & Guardian, and, with excellent education, healthcare, infrastructure, low crime, and exceptional cuisine, cultural activities, and creative design. The regional area is renowned for its dramatic coastline, extensive parks, exotic wildlife, and Yarra Valley wine region.

This is a unique opportunity to join a leading “Group of 8” University with top-rankings and like-minded, passionate academics. If you feel you have the drive and expertise to contribute to this cutting-edge group, then we encourage you to apply!

Please note the academic year begins with term 1 in late February, and term 2 in late July, but start date is negotiable.

To Apply

Required application materials include:

(1) Cover letter (indicating application area of expertise, planned research for the future and date of availability)
(2) Current CV with publication list, and research and teaching interests
(3) Three-five references with email/phone contacts
(4) Three representative publications

Your application must also address the key selection criteria as detailed in the attached Position Description for the level you are applying for. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash jobs".

For more information on the Faculty of IT’s main research areas and vigorous recruitment plans to add 50 new faculty, see

The faculty is strongly committed to improving the diversity of our staff and students, and promoting a culture of equity, fairness, respect and openness. We fully support the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.


Professor Phil Cohen, Laboratory for Dialogue Research, Faculty of Information Technology,

Position Description

Lecturer - Dialogue Research

Senior Lecturer - Dialogue Research

Closing Date

Monday 31 December 2018, 11:55 pm AEDT

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