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The IBS Data Science Group in Daejeon, South Korea, invites applications for several postdoctoral research fellowship positions. The expected starting date is September 1, 2021. The candidate should have a Ph.D. by the start date.

The Data Science Group ( launched on January 1, 2019, at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), by Chief Investigator (CI) Prof. Meeyoung Cha. Data Science Group is located at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) headquarters in Daejeon, South Korea, a city of 1.5 million people.

We seek talented, highly motivated researchers. Successful candidates for this position will be new or recent Ph.D. graduates with outstanding research potential in the fields of computer science and related fields of data science. Our research group strives to advance the data science research field via developing new ways of computing using machine learning and deep learning methods to analyze real-world data about society. Our projects leverage massive-scale datasets, computational models, and theories from sociology, communication, cognitive science, network science, econometrics, etc.


  1. Research experience and thorough understanding of methods and concepts in machine learning and deep learning, particularly in natural language processing, computer vision, human-computer interaction, remote sensing, complex networks. We expect applicants to have leading authorship in publishing papers at top tier conferences and journals such as KDD, ICML, ACL, CVPR, AAAI, CHI, PNAS, Science, and Nature.
  2. Proficiency in computer programming using major programming languages (e.g., high-level languages commonly used in the scientific community such as Python, R, and Scala, as well as related machine learning and deep learning tools such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, and scikit-learn).
  3. Effective communication, collaboration, and organizational skills. Leadership abilities in managing projects, mentoring other members of the group.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidates must have a Ph.D. degree (or receive it soon) from an accredited university in a relevant discipline, such as computer science, statistics, statistical physics, computational social sciences, or a closely related discipline. Candidates should be Ph.D. degree holders by the appointment date.


The current position is a non-tenure track appointment as a postdoctoral research associate for 2 years. The contract can be extended by another year based on evaluation of excellence. The starting salary is KRW 57,000,000 or above. A low-cost economy flight will be supported to overseas applicants.

Application Process and Requirement:

For those who are eligible and interested, please submit your application package that includes:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV) including the publication list (PDF format)
  2. Research statement (up to 2 pages, PDF format)
  3. A minimum of 2 recommendation letters
  4. PDF version of one key publication as the 1st or the corresponding author

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Applications should be received by June 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm KST (Korea Standard Time). Recommendations letters forwarded by an applicant directly will not be considered. Applications can be submitted via email: Interview dates for those invited will likely be in the second week of July 2021.

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