[CogSci] Research Fellow position in computational models of reading acquisition (Singapore)

luca onnis lucaonnix at gmail.com
Mon Jan 18 10:01:04 PST 2021

A Research Fellow position is available immediately for a project on
computational models of  reading acquisition in multilingual contexts,
co-lead by Dr. Beth O’Brien (National Institutes of Education, Singapore)
and Dr. Luca Onnis (University of Genoa, Italy). The position is based in

*Research Fellow *Centre for Research in Child Development –

The National Institute of Education invites suitable applications for the
position of Research Fellow on a 12-month contract at the Office of
Education Research (OER) Centre for Research in Child Development (CRCD).

*Project Title: How language mixes contribute to effective bilingualism and
biliteracy in Singapore*

*Project Introduction:* The project aims to investigate how early aural
language skills relate to the early stages of reading in bilingual
children, and how this relationship is influenced by home exposure to
different language mixes. We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with
interests and expertise in computational modelling of language acquisition
and literacy development, with a focus on multilingual contexts. The team
has already developed a suite of in-house computational tools for
simulating and analysing language and reading development, using linguistic
databases, and combining simulation with experimentation.

The successful applicant will be involved in the entire computational
pipeline, from conception to deliverables, including: programming and
testing neural network models, analysing multilingual corpora, running
statistical analyses, managing the IT side of things, including workflow in
the HPC. The applicant is expected to 'phase in’ the ongoing project by
continuing the coding of the existing tools. As such, applicants should be
well versed in Python, R, and acquaintance with Unix/Linux. Experience with
high-performance computing (HPC) environments and resource scheduling is



   - PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Computer science,
   Knowledge Engineering or equivalent work experience
   - Excellent programming skills
   - Experience in software programming, modelling and simulation, machine
   - Familiarity with Python, Unix (Lens), R, Windows, Mac OS, standard
   office software
   - Ability to work independently and as a team player
   - High degree of responsibility and maturity
   - Excellent organizational skills, task-oriented, attention to details
   and accuracy
   - Able to work within given deadlines


   - Prior experience with neural network modelling
   - Background and/or interest in Cognitive Science
   - Interest in high-level computational linguistics


   - Setting up, programming and testing computational models under
   supervision of coPIs
   - Managing and maintaining research data
   - Assisting with preparation of data output from modeling
   - Assist in central research data backup and archiving operations and
   - Other duties as requested by PI’s


Applicants should complete and submit the following item/s:

-       Application form for Research Positions
<http://www.nie.edu.sg/about-us/careers/#submit-an-application> (

-       Cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of this

-       Supporting documents as stated on the job application form

-       Other documents to support your qualifications

Please send your application to:

B.A. O’Brien, PhD, Principal Research Scientist

Centre for Research in Child Development

National Institute of Education

1 Nanyang Walk

Singapore 637616

Tel: (65) 6219-6255

Email: beth.obrien at nie.edu.sg
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