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JOB: Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech, Mind Music Machine Laboratory

Postdoctoral Associate of Human Factors/Human-Computer Interaction

Mind Music Machine Laboratory

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Virginia Tech

Open date for accepting applications: October 19, 2018
The position is open until filled.

Detailed job description: The postdoctoral associate will serve on several projects for automotive user interfaces in manual and autonomous vehicles. The projects include (1) driver state estimation and intervention, (2) in-vehicle multimodal interactions (gestures, sonification, tactile/haptic feedback), (3) takeover-requests in semi-autonomous vehicles, (4) novel HMI and infotainment design in autonomous vehicles, etc. These projects are being conducted with various institutes in the international consortium and/or with the support from federal agencies and industry partners.

The postdoctoral associate will assist with interactive system design and development, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and human behavior modeling. The individual will also be responsible for writing grant documents, including progress reports and publications. Depending on the interests and capabilities, the individual can also have opportunities for participating in the cutting-edge Human-Robot Interaction projects and the Immersive Virtual Environment projects conducted in the Mind Music Machine Lab, the Center for HCI, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Duties Description
10% Literature review and conduct user research (e.g., surveys, interviews, lab studies, and other methods).
20% Design, prototype, and build the interactive interfaces.
15% Design and prepare for experiments with driving simulators and neuroergonomic devices and sensors (fNIRS, ECG, Eye-tracker, etc.), conduct experiments, and collect data.
20% Conduct qualitative analysis and statistical analysis and make computational models which will require significant mathematical modeling and/or programming.
25% Write reports, publications, and presentations in collaboration with a larger team of faculty, staff, and researchers. Manage and supervise a team of PhD and Master’s students.
10% Duties as assigned.

Qualifications: PhD in Human Factors or Human-Computer Interaction from Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Psychology, or similar field.

Preferred Experiences: driving or audio relevant H/F or HCI research, interface/interaction design, programming/prototyping, mathematical/computational behavior modeling, journal publications or competitive conference publications (CHI, AutoUI, etc.), leading/working in a team, mentoring grad/undergrad students, etc.

Location: The job is available at Virginia Tech, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, at the Blacksburg campus. The researcher will work under the supervision of Professor Jeon at Virginia Tech.

Starting date and Duration: Early 2019. The earlier, the better. This position is for the 1-year (12 months) appointment, but there is a possibility to be extended.

Salary: To be commensurate with qualifications.

If you are interested, please email your full CV to Dr. Myounghoon Jeon (Philart), as soon as possible.
The CV should include contact information of at least, two references. Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. You can see more of the lab research and activities, here: