Research Associate

Boulder, CO
May 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Postdoc in Machine Learning for Multimodal Behavior and Mental State Analysis

The Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) and Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder anticipates hiring a full time postdoctoral fellow starting Summer/Fall 2017 for one year and renewable for a second year. The position includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The postdoc will develop and apply machine learning techniques in the hierarchical and temporal domains to model behavioral and mental states (e.g., affect, attention, workload) from multimodal data (e.g., video, audio, physiology, eye gaze) across a range of interaction contexts (e.g., online learning, in-class learning, collaborative problem solving).

The candidate will work under the supervision of 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, and Education.

The position offers a unique postdoctoral training experience and unsurpassed publishing opportunities within multi-department and multi-institution grant-funded projects. The postdoc will be encouraged to develop advanced technical skills, strengthen their research portfolios via peer-reviewed publications, gain interdisciplinary experience by working with a diverse team, develop leadership skills by mentoring students, and gain expertise in co-authoring grant proposals.


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• Ph.D. in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, or a related field (at the time of hire)

• Research experience in advanced machine learning for temporal and hierarchical domains (e.g., probabilistic graphical models, deep recurrent neural networks) applied to human behavior and mental state analysis (e.g., affective computing, dyadic/triadic interaction)

• Self-motivated with a strong work ethic and writing proficiency as evidenced by a strong publication record


• Research experience in one or more of the following areas (computer vision, eye tracking, computational psychophysiology, fMRI, multimodal fusion, collaborative problem solving, real-world sensing)

• Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete Faculty/University Staff EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1-Cover letter; 2-Curriculum Vitae 3-List of Three References 4-One or two representative publications This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10066 - Cognitive Sci Institute-Admin

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 3, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Alan Dale

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00667568


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