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Position Announcement: Research Faculty in AI/ML

The rapid evolution of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping industries and society. A specific research area of SMU’s O’Donnell Institute is the development and exploration of  generative AI systems. The research faculty in AI/ML will help position SMU as a respected leader in AI/ML. The ODSRCI was recently created to link and enhance data science and AI/ML research across SMU campus, enabled by state-of-the-art HPC infrastructure, including an AI-supercomputer (NVIDIA SuperPOD). In particular, the research scientist in AI/ML will help SMU in advancing generative AI methods that create real-world impact. Collaboration on research projects applying generative AI in diverse areas such as AR/VR  technologies, computer vision, urban sciences, and biotechnology is highly encouraged.

The research faculty will design and implement novel, large scale generative AI methods. He/she will collaborate with SMU researchers seeking to scale-up AI/ML applications on HPC platforms. The research faculty will also provide technical mentorship and guidance to students, identify external funding opportunities, assist in preparing multi-disciplinary proposals, and prepare technical reports/papers for publication in journals and conferences.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in computer science or related field, a strong knowledge of the theory and practice of generative AI and deep learning, as well as experience in application porting to HPC platforms. Other requirements are excellent programming skills in C or C++ and parallel programming, as well as some rapid prototyping environments such as Python. Knowledge of common machine learning frameworks such as PyTorch is required. Experience with CUDA is a plus.

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Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio ( and should include a cover letter discussing research interests and projects; a current curriculum vitae; and at least two letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application packet must be received by April 30, 2024 but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. All applications will be acknowledged. SMU is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from minority and women scholars.

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