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Research Associate in HCI/Human Factors for new National AI Institute

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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 encourages applications for a postdoctoral researcher passionate about Human Factors and Human-Agent Teaming for developing frameworks, multimodal metric design, and groundbreaking experimental design in areas relating to problem-solving and AI-augmented learning. 

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

The Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) cultivates rich scientific interchange across researchers from a broad range of disciplines including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Education. The mission of the Institute of Cognitive Science at CU-Boulder is to understand and enhance human cognition, learning, and development through the creation of interdisciplinary partnerships. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Work with the human factors, human-computer interaction, learning sciences, and collaborative problem-solving subgroups of the newly established AI Research Institute for Student-AI Teaming, a 5-year, $20 million research collaboration. The goal of that institute is to reframe the role of Artificial Intelligence in education, moving towards a future where AI is viewed as a social, collaborative partner that helps students work and learn more effectively, engagingly, and equitably, while helping educators focus on what they do best: inspiring and teaching students. The candidate for this position will work towards the goals of the AI Institute by assisting in the development of frameworks for Student-AI Teaming that stem from domains such as human-agent teaming, collaborative problem solving, human performance, and the learning sciences, and the design and execution of experiments in human-agent teaming and collaborative problem-solving settings.

The candidate will be supervised by Leanne Hirshfield and Peter Foltz. The position offers outstanding postdoctoral training experience and publishing opportunities within multi-department and multi-institution grant-funded projects. The postdoc will be encouraged to strengthen their research portfolios via peer-reviewed publications, gain interdisciplinary experience by working with a diverse team, and develop leadership skills by mentoring students.

What You Should Know

  • 2-3 year position. The initial contract is for one year (providing renewal after a 6-month probationary period). For each consecutive year, the extension of the contract is based on performance.
  • The start date is negotiable but anticipated for early 2021.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $60,000 – $65,000.


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 (HCI, HRI), Psychology (Human Factors, I/O Psychology, Applied Psychology, Cognitive Science), or a related field.

What You Will Need

Strong writing and communication skills (as evident by first-author publications) and the ability to conduct research in interdisciplinary teams.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Additional background and/or research experience in the Learning Sciences.
  • Experience with experimental design, data collection, data management, statistical analyses.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Professional Publications: one or two representative publications
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately until the position has been filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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