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AI Strategist and Applied Researcher

Kennesaw State University
Job Location:
Kennesaw, 30144

Job ID: 273291

About Us

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, career opportunities, mission and values and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are part of the University System of Georgia.  Kennesaw State will exemplify the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university. Our institutional values are student-inspired, promise-fulfilling, true to ourselves, elevational, open and impact-generating. In addition, we support the University System of Georgia core values of accountability, excellence, integrity and respect.  We are searching for talented people to join Kennesaw State University. Come to KSU and find your passion.   


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. 

Job Summary

The AI Strategist and Applied Researcher will lead the integration and implementation of state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technologies across our research operations. This crucial role focuses on enhancing our AI-driven platforms and tools, enabling faculty to secure and manage grants more effectively. The AI Strategist will drive innovation, streamline research processes, and substantially boost the university's competitive edge in the academic and research fields by leveraging advanced AI solutions.


1. Designs and implements advanced AI solutions to optimize research operations and streamline grant management processes, ensuring both efficiency and effectiveness.
2. Analyzes successful grant applications in-depth to identify patterns and develop a customized alert system for faculty, thereby enhancing their funding success rates.
3. Enhances the usability and efficiency of accessing grant-related information, particularly on platforms such as, by updating and improving current systems and processes.
4. Collaborates with web developers to build a comprehensive platform that tracks and supports researcher activities, promoting a more integrated research environment.
5. Provides strategic leadership and support to faculty and staff, encouraging the adoption of AI in research practices.
6. Continuously monitors advancements in AI to ensure their strategic and practical integration within the university┬┐s research framework.
7. Partners with industry leaders and academic institutions to advance AI research initiatives and secure additional funding opportunities.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Master's degree in Natural Language Processing, linguistics, or related fields

Required Experience
Five (5) years of work experience at a research university or similar academic setting

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Bilingual in English and another language used prominently in the AI space.
Expertise in advanced AI technologies, especially LLMS, transformer architecture, and Retrieval-Augmented Generation.
Proficiency in using ML toolkits (e.g. PyTorch, MLX)
Experience with language model training, large-scale text generation, finetuning with LoRA, image generation with Stable Diffusion, and ASR/VAD/Diarization applications with Whisper models.

Preferred Educational Qualifications
Ph.D. in Natural Language Processing, or related fields

Proposed Salary

The budgeted salary range is $127,940 to $145,900.  Offers are based on relevant experience. 

Comprehensive benefits to include Medical, Dental, Vision, 13 paid holidays, vacation, generous retirement plans, tuition waiver, wellness options, and much more! Visit

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time, meeting assigned deadlines.
Ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex problems using data-driven approaches.
Ability to design experiments, conduct trials, and validate hypotheses in AI research.
Ability to generate creative ideas and solutions to advance AI capabilities and applications.
Capacity to think strategically and anticipate future trends in AI and related fields.
Ability to develop and articulate a long-term vision for AI initiatives aligned with organizational goals.
Capacity to identify opportunities for leveraging AI to create competitive advantages.
Ability to critically evaluate the impact and effectiveness of AI solutions.
Capacity to assess risks, benefits, and ethical implications of AI implementations.

Knowledge of AI ethics, fairness, transparency, and bias mitigation strategies.

Proficiency in data manipulation, statistical analysis, and visualization techniques.
Proficiency in designing and implementing innovative AI solutions to address challenges
Proficiency in planning, executing, and managing AI projects within scope, time, and budget constraints.
Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem-solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management, and presentation skills.
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite)
Proficiency with scholarship processes across all phases, including but not limited to ideation, literature review, exploration of funding, grant-writing, manuscript preparation, and dissemination.
Strong attention to detail and follow-up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

USG Core Values

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at

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