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

Seeking outstanding academics who want to join this world-class team to deliver the highest quality teaching and research that will shape the future of AI for conversational assistants, human-robot interaction, customer service, and many other application domains.

At: MonashMonash
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Position: Academic Opportunities in Dialogue Research

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  • Take your career in exciting and rewarding directions at one of the world’s top 80 universities

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions with access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers. Innovative, supportive, successful and with great breadth and depth of talent, Monash Information Technology is a leader in research and education. We provide an ideal environment in which to excel and are located in Melbourne, one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The opportunity:

The Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University is one of the most cutting-edge teaching and research university facilities in the world. Subsequently, we are in a period of rapid growth, hiring world-class academics in the areas of:

  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • data science, cybersecurity
  • creative technologies & human-computer interaction, and
  • organisational and social informatics.

The Faculty of Information Technology is establishing a new research group, The Laboratory for Dialogue Research (LDR) led by Professor Phil Cohen. The LDR has close partnerships with Monash’s new HCI Group, its renowned Centre for Data Science, the Engineering School, and with numerous universities in Australia and worldwide. Importantly, we plan to engage with interested industry, philanthropic, and government partners on problem, data, and tool selection and development of scalable approaches. LDR’s Director is Professor Phil Cohen, an AAAI Fellow and internationally known pioneer in natural language dialogue, multi-agent systems, and multimodal interaction.

We cordially invite the interest of outstanding academics who want to join this world-class team to deliver the highest quality teaching and research that will 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), and Level D Associate Professor (equivalent to Professor in North America) with a preference for expertise in the area of natural language processing (semantic parsing, generation).

Applications of interest from other areas of natural language processing or multimodal interaction that could contribute to dialogue research are also strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will join a rapidly expanding multidisciplinary group in the above areas. When applying, please indicate your area of specialisation.

For more information, please see the following link:

Laboratory for Dialogue Research Flyer

The successful candidate will be an energetic and innovative academic, with strong methodological skills and the ability to pioneer in emerging research areas. You will have a PhD in computer science, engineering, information sciences. 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.

The Melbourne Area

For six consecutive years, Melbourne has been rated the #1 city worldwide for quality of life (see Economist & Guardian), 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 the 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!

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 gender equity principles of the Athena SWAN Charter.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. This position at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

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) Two-three references with email/phone contacts
(4) Two representative publications

For further instructions on how to apply, please refer to “How to apply for Monash Jobs”.


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

Position Description

Download File Lecturer - Dialogue Research
Download File Senior Lecturer - Dialogue Research
Download File Associate Professor - Dialogue Research

Closing Date

Thursday 31 October 2019, 11:55pm AEST

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