Postdoctoral Researcher - Center for Research Computing

Company: University of Notre Dame
Location: Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
Type: Full-time
Posted: 31.MAY.2021
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The University of Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing (), and the Blockchain Research Group, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher...


The University of Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing (), and the Blockchain Research Group, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise and interest in Trusted Artificial Intelligence (Trusted AI).

The work will be performed in a DoD (Department of Defense) project that is designed to support solutions based on AI models in embedded systems. The goal of this work is to develop an approach for testing the verifiability of AI, which is designed to primarily work with black-box models, but will support white-box testing also. Effective black box tools are needed to help establish the verifiability of the AI, even when solutions are proprietary, and neither the training data or the algorithm are available. The goal of this work is to define a common model that can be used to collect information during the testing of AI systems, and to test this model using real-world systems from the Explainable AI community.
As part of this work, the postdoc will be responsible for helping to scope out and contribute to the development of a testing environment. This position therefore requires a mix of research and development. We will be transferring black box AI techniques and importing into a new framework that will make it easy for practitioners to test black box models.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (in descending order of time spent)
●To research and test explainable AI methods for black box testing of AI Models
●To develop a schema to model the AI development workflow to automate processes
●Using the model, apply the use of explainable AI methods for black box testing
●Scope out and develop a platform that enable AI/ML practitioners to test black box models.

Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter describing the applicant's interest in the position, and one document with three references along with their contact information. The search committee intends to review applications immediately.

About the University of Notre Dame
Founded in 1842, the University of Notre Dame provides a distinctive voice in higher education that is at once rigorously intellectual, unapologetically moral in orientation, and firmly embracing of a service ethos. The nation's preeminent Catholic university, Notre Dame is organized into four undergraduate colleges (Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering and the Mendoza College of Business), the School of Architecture, the Law School, the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Graduate School, 11 major research institutes, more than 40 centers and special programs and the University library system.
Located adjacent to the city of South Bend, IN, which has a metropolitan population of more than 300,000, Notre Dame is highly residential, with 80 percent of students living on its 1,250-acre campus. It enrolls approximately 12,200 students, of whom 70 percent are undergraduates. More than half of the undergraduate students study abroad for at least one semester. The University's graduation rate is among the top in the country. The Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" athletic program boasts more than 25 varsity NCAA Division I teams and is well known for its storied football program.
The campus itself consistently ranks as one of the most beautiful in the world for its grounds, lakes and notable architecture, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the famous Golden Dome atop the Main Building. The University also consistently ranks nationally among the top 10 best places to work (Chronicle of Higher Education) and in the top 20 best colleges (U.S. News & World Report). The current value of Notre Dame's endowment is approximately $13 billion.
With graduates renowned for their loyalty and generosity, Notre Dame annually ranks among the top five universities in percentage of undergraduate alumni who contribute. Its network of 270 alumni clubs - including 50 international clubs - is the most extensive in higher education.

South Bend Metropolitan Area
The South Bend metropolitan area, with a population of more than 250,000 residents, is a city in the midst of transforming itself. From its manufacturing legacy, South Bend has retained some manufacturing operations, but has also moved to reinvent itself with its strength in education, health care, small business, and even tourism. Beyond Notre Dame, several other colleges and universities call South Bend home, including Holy Cross College, Saint Mary's College, Bethel University, and Indiana University-South Bend. Situated at the southernmost bend of the St. Joseph River, the river figures prominently in South Bend's history (explored by La Salle in the 17th century) and current life (more than 12 parks in the area are on the riverfront).
Nearby is Chicago, only a two-hour drive or train ride (via the South Shore Line, direct to the museums, symphony, and parks in the loop) away. South Bend is only 20 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. The spectacular Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a short drive away, as are various scenic towns in southwestern Michigan situated on the lake. Several small ski resorts are within an hour's drive, with Michigan's finest ski resorts and the Upper Peninsula only a few hours' drive away.
A River Walk area around the St. Joseph River provides miles of paved, multipurpose paths separated from streets, with scenic views of the river. The river contains what many claim is the best Steelhead Trout fishing in the world (also in abundance are Brown Trout, and Chinook/King and Coho Salmon). South Bend is one of 158 communities in the United States to be awarded Bicycle Friendly Community status. The South Bend area boasts an unusual number of high-quality golf courses, with four private 18-hole golf courses and eight public courses. Notre Dame also has two golf courses, including the Warren Golf Course, winner of numerous national awards.
The South Bend area has a vast network of high-quality parks-more than 75. There are ample kayaking and boating opportunities on the river and on the myriad lakes throughout the community. Culturally, South Bend has many notable offerings in music, theater, and art. The Morris Performing Arts Center is home to the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra's Shanghai-born conductor, Tsung Yeh, was the first conductor ever to hold music directorships of both a western symphony orchestra and a major Chinese orchestra. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association, sponsor of the world's largest chamber music competition is held in South Bend annually, with the winners appearing at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. At Notre Dame, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center hosts musical concerts, dance, theater, and opera. The art museum is one of the finest university art museums in the world.
Affordable housing is easy to find in the South Bend area, which represents a mix of charming historical neighborhoods within walking distance of Notre Dame, newer housing developments boasting some of the strongest schools in Indiana (including the top-ranked elementary school in the state of Indiana), and "country" living-often on water-within a 15-minute drive to campus. A distinguished choice of private secular, parochial, and public school options are available.
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