Postdoctoral Associate – Computer Science

Postdoctoral Associate – Computer Science

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The Cornell University AI for Science Institute (CUAISci) seeks applications for one or two postdocs in computer science. The postdocs will focus on AI for science and will engage in research, mentoring, teaching activities, and scientific coordination of postdoc research projects, to support the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship program, a program of Schmidt Futures. The postdocs will be mentored by Professor Carla Gomes.

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of Schmidt Futures supports collaborative research projects using AI to accelerate scientific discovery. Postdocs will engage in a variety of research, training, and learning opportunities to advance broad and deep adoption of AI tools across multiple scientific domains. Postdocs will become part of a global network of AI-trained researchers and be at the forefront of AI-led scientific innovation. The Cornell program will span 6 years, with the first cohort of ten postdocs in different scientific domains for the 2022–2023 academic year already selected. Cornell will then host 20 postdocs a year, for the next five years.

Requirements and Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a PhD in computer science, with a focus in AI, prior to their start date. The focus of the postdocs will be AI for Science. Interested candidates must exhibit excellence in computer science and AI. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in AI knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, and integration of AI reasoning, search, optimization, and machine learning approaches.

Support and Benefits:

The selected postdocs will be appointed as an endowed employee in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science. Starting salary is dependent on the qualifications and experience of the postdocs.

Application and Selection Process Overview:

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Criteria: Applications will be evaluated on (i) intellectual merit and scientific excellence, (ii) AI for science potential, (iii) cross disciplinary connections, (iv) broader societal impact, and (v) diversity, equity, and inclusion experiences and vision.

Interviews: A subset of applicants will be chosen for an interview. Interviews will take place via zoom.

Selection: We are looking to fill in this position right away. The intended start date is no later than August 16, 2023.

Application Materials:

  • Please submit applications to Dr. Rebecca Dillon, copying Prof. Carla Gomes, by email
  • The subject line should be CS-AISCI-Postdoc
  • Applications should be submitted as a single pdf named as ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName-computer-science.pdf
  • Applications should contain the following:
  • Applicant’s CV
  • Applicant’s transcript showing proof of PhD or letter from current PhD advisor stating intended completion date
  • Two other reference letters


Pay Range:

$54,840.00 - $75,000.00

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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