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Postdoctoral Scholar, Human-Robot Interaction (Psychology or Cognitive Science)
University of Central Florida

Date Posted Feb. 2, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Scholar, Human-Robot Interaction (Psychology or Cognitive Science)
University University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL, United States
Department Industrial Engineering & Management Systems
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Psychology - Neuropsychology
    Psychology - Industrial/Organizational
    Psychology - Experimental
    Cognitive science

Job Summary/Basic Function: A team of researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) are seeking a highly motivated and forward-thinking postdoctoral scholar to assist in conducting multidisciplinary research for a National Science Foundation project on human-robot interaction in manufacturing.

See "Supervise It! Optimizing Intelligent Robot Integration Through Feedback to Workers and Supervisors" (

The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with faculty members who have expertise in the following areas:
(1) Controls, robotics, and computer vision,
(2) Management systems engineering, organizational change, and performance measurement,
(3) Operations research, machine learning, and modeling human decision-making,
(4) Human-computer integration, ergonomics and neuroergonomics, and neuro-fuzzy modeling.

The primary duties will involve overseeing human-subject experiments by graduate students including verifying and validating the experimental design and execution. Considering this, we are seeking candidates with prior experience running human-subject experiments. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in industrial or organizational psychology, human factors, cognitive science, or similar disciplines.

The position will be based at UCF, located in Orlando, however there will be opportunities for the selected candidate to travel to Georgia Tech in Atlanta to support the human-subject experiments. The position is available for up to 3 years.

This postdoctoral scholar position is especially targeted at researchers interested in aggressively pursuing a faculty position. All PIs on the project are dedicated to working with the incumbent in establishing themselves as an independent researcher. This includes writing proposals as a co-PI, leading a small research team, teaching opportunities, and exploring other research projects. The selected candidate will be encouraged (and supported) to network with other faculty at UCF, Georgia Tech, and elsewhere.
Minimum Qualifications:* Ph.D. from an accredited institution in computer science, statistics, computer engineering, psychology, or closely related field.
Preferred Qualifications:* Preference will be given to candidates with experience related to the areas listed below. Please note we do not expect applicants to have all skills or interests.
● Human-subject experimentation and statistical analysis,
● Human factors, cognitive science, industrial psychology,
● Programming (preferably Python),
● Graduate-level engineering-math/statistics or optimization,
● Human-technology interaction,
● Machine learning (theory and application).
Special Conditions:
Annual Salary:* $50,000 to Negotiable
Additional Application Materials: UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted online through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, candidates should also submit: 1) a cover letter, 2) a current curriculum vita, 3) three sample publications, and 4) a summary of past research projects. (Please specify your involvement and contribution in each project.)

NOTE: Please have all application documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will begin immediately, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Adan Vela,

  • The University of Central Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. As an agency of the State of Florida, all application materials (including transcripts) and selection procedures are available for public review. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Dr. Adan Vela
    Industrial Engineering & Management Systems
    University of Central Florida
    Orlando, FL


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