The successful candidate for this position will have the chance to conduct state-of-the-art research and development on topics related to dialogue-based tutoring system, natural language processing, and cognitive science. Specifically, the position is for the newly funded project iCODE: Adaptive Training of Students’ Code Comprehension Processes whose goal is to develop and investigate a novel education technology iCODE (improve source CODE comprehension) that targets code comprehension, a critical skill for both learners and professionals.

Job responsibilities include among others the following: participate in all aspects of a large-scale educational technology with an emphasis on research, development, and implementation; lead the research, design, and implementation of various components of a dialogue-based tutoring systems including but not limited to dialogue manager, semantic interpreter, question generator, student model, and domain model; help with the design, implementation, and data analysis of various experiments needed to fulfill the mission of the project; interact with members of the project team, supervise graduate students, publication and presentation; evaluate, install, and maintain software packages; and administer the computing infrastructure.

This position is for 12 months and is renewable for up to 3 years based on performance and availability of funding.


A PhD in computer science and/or cognitive science or related areas is required by the time of hiring. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates should have a track record of computational linguistics and tutoring systems research. Experience with technologies in the areas of human language processing, machine learning, and virtual agents are needed. Knowledge of Java and Python and experience with cross-platform system administration is necessary.

How to Apply:

To apply, please visit Completed applications should include a complete CV, two representative published manuscripts, and the names and contact information of 2 references. Additionally, you may contact Dr. Vasile Rus via email ( for additional information.  The University is an AA/EOE.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Screening begins September 1st, 2022. The position may begin as early as November 1st, 2022, or soon thereafter.

The University of Memphis is a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We urge all qualified applicants to apply for this position. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability or veteran status. Successful candidates must meet guidelines of the immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986.