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Research Scientist/Postdoc in Multimodal Behavior and Mental State Modeling in Real-world Contexts at the University of Colorado Boulder

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder anticipates hiring a full time Research Scientist or Postdoctoral fellow in Multimodal Behavior and Mental State Modeling. You will develop computational and machine learning models to model behavioral and mental states and processes (e.g., affect, attention, collaboration) from multimodal data (e.g., video, audio, physiology, eye gaze) across a range of interaction contexts (e.g., learning from educational games, collaborative problem solving) in real-world contexts (e.g., classrooms).

This position offers a unique training experience and unsurpassed publishing opportunities within multi-department and multi-institution grant-funded projects. You will be encouraged to develop advanced technical skills, conduct real-world impactful research, strengthen your research portfolio via publications, gain interdisciplinary experience by working with a diverse team, develop leadership skills, and gain expertise in co-authoring grant proposals. More experienced researchers will have the opportunity to hone their skills within a world-class research environment offering outstanding professional development options and an exceptional collaborative environment.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

You will work with Dr. Sidney D’Mello ( and will play a collaborative and co-leadership role in a vibrant research team encompassing researchers in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Psychology/Neuroscience, and Education. Your will also collaborate with researchers in the National AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming ( that D’Mello directs. We are housed in the Institute of Cognitive Science (, which fosters rich scientific interchange across researchers including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Education. You may also request an appointment at the Computer Science Department.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop and apply computational techniques for multiparty, multimodal data.
  • Embed computational models into interaction platforms to improve outcomes.
  • Dissemination of project results by leading publication efforts.
  • Manage projects including supervising project staff and students.

What You Should Know

  • 1-3 year position. Initial contract is for one year. Second year contract is based on performance and extension to a third year and beyond is possible.
  • Start date Summer/Fall 2023 (desired) or Spring 2024.

What We Can Offer

  • Salary ranging from $70,000 to $100,000 based on experience and qualifications.
  • This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related technical field (at the time of appointment).
  • Published research in deep machine learning applied to human behavior and mental state modeling in one or more of the following areas (computer vision, psychophysiology, speech processing, eye tracking).

What You Will Need

  • Strong writing skills and ability to conduct independent research as evidenced by first author publications.
  • Experience working within interdisciplinary teams and evidence of leadership.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience integrating and testing machine-learning models in interactive technologies.
  • Experience with in-the-wild data collection and analysis.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Two or three representative publications [as one pdf].

This position will be open until filled.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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