Postdoctoral Research Fellow, AI
About the Opportunity
About the Institute
Do you want to be part of an exciting new Institute focused on
combining human and machine intelligence into working AI
We are launching a pioneering research and innovation hub in AI—one
that will shape the way humans and machines collaborate for decades
to come. Led by Prof. Usama Fayyad, the Institute for Experiential
AI is built around the challenges and opportunities made possible
by human-machine collaboration. The Institute provides a framework
to design, implement, and scale AI-driven technologies in ways that
make a true difference to society. Our ability to respond to the
opportunities afforded to society will depend on training and
building a workforce that is AI-capable and prosperous.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and
the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our
world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students,
faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the
confines of discipline, degree, and campus.
Here at the Institute for Experiential AI (EAI) we are committed to
the highest standards in all that we do. Working at the EAI offers
opportunities, an environment, and a culture that just aren't found
together anywhere else. This is the right place for you if you're
curious, motivated by the future of technology, and want to be part
of a unique and diverse community that works on high-impact
research, educational, business, and societal problems.
Northeastern University's Institute for Experiential AI has
established a position for a Postdoctoral Researcher focused on
work at the intersection of AI Climate and Sustainability. The
Postdoctoral Researcher will be based out Portland, ME campus and
conduct applied research, prepare work for submission to
journal/conference publications, contribute to extramural funding
applications, and project manage in connection with projects. This
position has a two-year, renewable appointment.
Develop hybrid physics-AI and knowledge-guided AI
systems for climate and weather extremes, as well as their impacts
on multiple sectors such as lifeline infrastructure and
transportation systems, emergency management, ecology and
biodiversity, as well as the nexus of water-energy-food and
population. Develop novel data-driven and process knowledge
involved methods, software, and data products, as well as
high-impact publications and patents that connect with stakeholder
and policy maker needs. Engage in community partnerships and
entrepreneurial activities with private-public-government and
international partners in research and practice.
General Minimum Qualifications, Values & Abilities Needed
for this Role
AI for Climate and Sustainability (AI4CaS)
a. Must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a quantitative/computational
field related to climate, sustainability, and security, broadly
construed. These may include computational climate, weather, water
and energy sciences and technologies, network science and
operations research, nonlinear dynamics and extreme value
statistics, physics-integrated machine learning, etc.
b. Must have experience and/or demonstrated motivation in
geoscience or environmental or infrastructural or energy
informatics and/or associated data formats.
Values & Abilities:
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively towards
common research goals.
- We expect postdoctoral fellows to establish and advocate for
best practices in scientific reproducibility of all results, and to
promote the ethical use of data and algorithms.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability
to communicate effectively with a variety of different
stakeholders, e.g., academics, business executives, government
officials, journalists/media, etc.
- Comfortable navigating complex internal processes and
- Respect for diversity and the importance of interdisciplinary
- Entrepreneurial mindset, self-starter and innovative thinker
while at the same time being able to navigate multi-layered
channels within a university setting and working across multiple
- Team-player who can collaborate effectively in a university
- Open-minded, assertive, and professional when collaborating and
working within our team and with other groups within Northeastern
Please submit the following documents in a single Word/ PDF
along with your application-
1. Cover Letter (please specify the specialization(s) you are
3. Few samples of your Research Papers/Articles
4. One page Research Statement. The research statement should not
page. A reference cited section can be appended
following the research statement and does not count towards the
page limit. Please use 11- or 12-point size and a standard font.
Page margins should be 1 inch or greater. Please address the
Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities
- Describe your research and how it has contributed to your
- What future directions do you anticipate for your
- Who are your primary collaborators and what are your
experiences with industrial collaborations?
60% - Participate in research projects that advance scientific
knowledge and that solve relevant societal and industrial problems.
Participation in these projects will include scientific
programming, data analysis, manuscript preparation, meeting with
15% - Help prepare projects to secure research funding to
supplement finances as well as preparing reports and presentations
associated with them.
10% - Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
10% - Represent the university in conferences, seminars, and other
public events, as well as in media outlets. Perform service for the
university and the research community volunteering for different
types of tasks.
5% - Other assignments as deemed necessary.
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work
experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit
eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid
time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as
well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/
for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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