Post-doctoral Fellow – Artificial Intelligence (2080) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Have you got a PhD in AI and machine learning, particularly Evolutionary Learning and Optimisation?
  • Are you interested in developing your research and teaching career in the area of computer science?
  • Do you have strong interpersonal skills, especially across cultures?

 Te Herenga Waka - About Our University 

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university. 

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitangakaitiakitangawhai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga. 

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role 

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting 4 Postdoctoral Research Fellows (2-year fixed-term) in Artificial Intelligence to work as a member of the Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation Research Group within the School of Engineering and Computer Science.   

Key Responsibilities:  

The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct high-quality research in the area of artificial intelligence (AI), particularly modelling and symbolic regression, evolutionary feature selection, and dimensionality reduction, evolutionary deep learning and transfer learning, text mining and natural language processing, evolutionary scheduling and combinatorial optimisation, evolutionary clustering and unsupervised learning, and interpretable AI. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be required to work with other members of the Evolutionary Computation Research Group within the School in a proactive, cooperative, and collegial manner. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be required to contribute to the teaching in Artificial Intelligence including postgraduate supervision. 

Ō pūmanawa - About you 

You will be a motivated individual who is developing a track record in research. 

You will be a highly organised self-starter and natural relationship builder, who relishes working autonomously as well as contributing positively to a high-performing research team. You will need effective time management and forward planning to balance meeting deadlines and maintain a high standard of research.  

Key Requirements: 

  • A PhD in AI and machine learning particularly Evolutionary Learning and Optimisation. 
  • Proven research and publication track record in Evolutionary Learning and Optimisation, Genetic Programming, Image Analysis, Transfer Learning, Text and Natural Language Processing.  
  • Proven ability to teach in one or more areas of computer science including Artificial Intelligence, Programming, Algorithm Design, and Analysis. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English. 
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills especially across cultures. 

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team 

The School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand’s top-ranked research University is seeking to expand its engineering programme.  We are a School that prides itself on its collegiality and multidisciplinary collaborations with many of New Zealand’s top-ranked research clusters.  This is an opportunity for you to develop your career at a quality institution in one of the most liveable cities in the World. 

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy:21 January 2022 - We are looking for 4 people all up so we are going to interview suitable candidates as we go. 

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch Professor Mengjie Zhang (Tel: +64 4 463 5654 Email: – please do not send applications to Prof. Zhang - applicants should instead follow all steps listed below. 

Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ (New Zealand) Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form.  Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV (Curriculum Vitae) in the online form. 

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.