Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MBZUAI, UAE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MBZUAI, UAE; additionally affiliated with the UKP Lab, TU Darmstadt

We have an opening in Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing in the Natural Language Processing group at MBZUAI, UAE supervised by Iryna Gurevych. In addition, the successful candidate will be affiliated with the UKP Lab at the Technical University of Darmstadt. The initial contract will be for 1,5 years with a possibility for an extension.

Ideal candidates have a PhD in computational linguistics, computer science or a related discipline and are fluent in English.

Application deadline: February 5th, 2023. After that, the position will remain open until filled. We will consider applications as soon as they are submitted.


  • Developing your own research program, including publications in top CL/NLP venues
  • Due to Iryna Gurevych joining MBZUAI recently, we are in the process of developing cutting-edge research between the NLP Department of MBZUAI and the UKP Lab in Darmstadt. This will establish one of the most prominent CL/NLP collaborative bridges between Europe and MBZUAI in UAE. This is an opportunity for you to be part of the team that shapes the future of this collaboration.


MBZUAI has recently established the NLP Department (Prof. Tim Baldwin, Prof. Preslav Nakov) which is quickly growing. It is supported by the government's investement in AI, which makes funds and structures available that support young researchers. The current NLP faculty is international and diverse. It will be extended with further high-profile researchers in 2023.

UKP lab is part of ELLIS (ELLIS NLP and the ELLIS unit in Darmstadt, the Konrad Zuse School of Excellence in Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELIZA), and the Hessian.AI, a new center in which the faculty from the main Hessian universities collaborate on advancing machine learning, including NLP. ELLIS, ELIZA and Hessian.AI provide a rich environment for networking with other researchers in NLP and AI and for collaboration with other groups.


This position is supervised by Iryna Gurevych, founder and director of the UKP Lab in Darmstadt. UKP Lab is internationally recognized for its research on NLP including language representation learning, argument mining, question answering and conversational AI. We are a team of about 40 full-time researchers from a multitude of different nations. Iryna Gurevych has recently joined MBZUAI to build a strategic partnership between UKP and the NLP Department of MBZUAI.


The research team will provide competitive salaries for postdoctoral fellows; sufficient academic freedom to engage in cutting-edge research and publish top-level papers in a research environment; and the cutting-edge experimental conditions required to start research immediately.


This position will be located in Abu-Dhabi, at MBZUAI, offering an unprecedented opportunity for gaining international experience. Due to a close collaboration with UKP Lab, the successfull candidate will occasionally visit Darmstadt in Germany to advance joint projects.


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