Postdoc: Spoken Conversational Search; RMIT University, Australia

2-year Postdoc Fellowship (Expressions of Interest sought)
Spoken Conversational Search: Interacting with Web Search using Speech
Melbourne, Australia

RMIT University's School of Computer Science and IT (CSIT) is seeking expressions of interest in a Postdoctoral Researcher position for a project on Spoken Conversational Search for developing techniques to present Information Retrieval results over a speech-only channel. The main research aims of the project involve developing an interactive search process and techniques for organising and summarising collections of search results for effective presentation over speech.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or be extremely close to completion) in Computer Science or closely related area, with proven research contributions in the topic of the project. In particular, expertise in one or more of information retrieval, language technology, and/or spoken dialogue management is expected. Specific research topics of interest include interactive IR, result diversification, topic modeling, statistical document analysis, and spoken response generation. Excellent programming skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are essential. Programming may involve integrating into an agent-oriented framework.

The position will be affiliated with RMIT's Information Search and Retrieval and Intelligent Agents research groups, both of which were rated as "above world standard" in the most recent Excellence in Research in Australia evaluation. The successful candidate will work closely with RMIT CSIT academic staff (Dr. Lawrence Cavedon, Prof. Mark Sanderson, Prof. Lin Padgham) and affiliated colleague (Prof. Bruce Croft), along with an industry partner. For more information on the team, see:

For external applicants: Melbourne is consistently ranked one of the world's Most Livable Cities (ranked 1st in 2013 by The Economist's Intelligence Unit!).

This is a full-time 2-year contract position, with possible extension (contingent on funding).
Salary is $75,000 - $83,000 p.a. plus 17% employer contribution to superannuation/retirement fund, depending on qualifications and experience.

For further information or to register interest:
Please contact Dr. Lawrence Cavedon (