Three postdocs in speech recognition, hand-written character recognition, and AI fairness

We announce three post-doc positions in natural language processing and machine learning: one on fair speech recognition (for two years) and two on hand-written character recognition (for 18 months). All three postdocs will be part of the CoAStaL research group and work with Professors Anders Søgaard, Desmond Elliott, and Daniel Hershcovich. See for group members.

The postdoc on fair speech recognition will be part of a larger project funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark. The overall goal is to develop learning algorithms for inducing fair ASR models, i.e., models that are robust to dialectal and sociolectal variation. The two postdocs on hand-written character recognition will be part of a larger project funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The overall goal there is to develop robust hand-writing recognition algorithms for parish records and other historical registers. All three postdoc positions will be excellent chances to publish with some of the best researchers in NLP/AI at top venues such as ACL, EMNLP, and NeurIPS, as well as general science outlets.

The postdoc’s duties will include research within fair speech recognition or hand-written character recognition as well as limited teaching. The post may also include performance of other duties.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to department chair Jakob Grue Simonsen .

The position is open from 1 July 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas and transcripts (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2023, 23:59 GMT +2.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Interviews will be held 11 to 14 April 2013.


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Application deadline: 01-05-2023
Employment start: 01-07-2023
Working hours: Full time