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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Vice Pres Research And Graduate Studies
Department: Bio/computational Evolution In Action 10059967
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Research Assoc-Evolutionary Computation

Position Summary

A research associate (postdoctoral) position in the area of Evolutionary Computation is currently available at the BEACON Center for Evolution in Action and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI under the supervision of Dr. Wolfgang Banzhaf. The topic of research will be to examine tangled program graphs as a representation of computer programs for Genetic Programming in time dependent applications like computer game playing.

The successful candidate will be hosted at the BEACON Center of Michigan State University. The position is limited to 6 months.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Computer Science

Minimum Requirements

Candidates will have completed a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, or a closely related  field by the position start date. Candidates need to possess good computational/programming skills and must have a strong motivation for academic research.

Desired Qualifications

A PhD. in Computer Science, with a specialty in Genetic Programming are required for a candidate to be successful. Candidates should have experience with Tangled Program Graphs for Human-Competitive Game Playing (TPGs, with an emphasis on applying them to game suites like the well-known Atari computer games, as well as the game suite by Google DeepMind).  A successful candidate will also have experience with the emergence of game-playing strategies steering them towards human-competitive player behavior and standard Deep Learning algorithms as they have been promoted in recent years.


Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following materials online:

1) CV

2) Cover letter.

Applicants should describe clearly in the cover letter how they are a good fit for this position.

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as needed.


Department Statement

The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action is an NSF Science and Technology Center founded with the mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes to solve real-world problems.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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