Postdoctoral Research Assistant ( TUC )

California State University at Northridge

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 499919
Work type: Auxiliary, Research Fellows
Location: Northridge
Categories: Excluded, Administrative, Temporary, Full Time

About The University Corporation

The University Corporation is a non-profit auxiliary corporation providing commercial and administrative services to California State University, Northridge. Our mission is to provide services and solutions that address the needs of California State University, Northridge; to support the academic, research and creative endeavors of its students, faculty and staff; and to enhance the quality of campus life.

Major Duties

Under general supervision, the Postdoctoral Research Assistant supports a five-year field study project that investigates trust evolution and calibration in real R3 (real users, real system, real consequences) systems, that is, in a heterogeneous (e.g., collocation, collaboration duration, vehicle types, capabilities) team of multiple real highly-autonomous machine teammates and real human teammates operating in situations with real consequences (e.g., life or death, or loss of a critical mission or valuable asset). The incumbent obtains foundational lessons on how trust evolves in real R3 human machine team systems.

  • Identifies how technology and non-technology-related factors influence trust evolution. Validates and extends extant theoretical trust models.
  • Formulates hypotheses and researches questions, and identifies ways to transition research results to applied research.
  • Supervises/leads ARCS Fellows (graduate students) and ARCS Associates (undergraduates) in supporting research efforts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • PhD (or near completion) with experience/interest in human automation trust research. Experience in ethnographic methods (e.g., applied methodology such as RAP or REAP).
  • 2 years of experience conducting research in human automation trust or related areas, desired. Experience and a passion and intellectual interest in validating and extending extant theoretical trust models in human-machine environments.
  • Applicants should have experience in ethnographic methods (experience with applied methodology such as RAP or REAP are encouraged). This study encourages applicants from a variety of disciplines that may explore the social dimensions of Increasingly Autonomous (IA) systems, e.g., anthropology, sociology, psychology, human factors engineering, etc.
  • Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

    • This position is employed through The University Corporation (TUC).

    • Classification / grade: 2351 / Research Fellow
    • The anticipated HIRING RATE: $62,400 per year
    • HOURS: Full Time; 40 hours per week; Monday through Friday; may include evenings and weekends.
    • TEMP: This is an initial one-year appointment, renewable upon satisfactory progress in achieving the goals identified. The post is for up to 5 years.

    General Information

    • Per CSUN/TUC Mandate, candidate will be required to show proof of COVID 19 vaccination including booster.

    How to Apply

    Please complete the on-line application/resume upload submission process in order to be considered for any open position within the university and its auxiliaries. The hiring department will contact the best qualified candidates and invite them to participate in the interview process.

    Application Screening begins February 22, 2022 and will continue until position is filled.

    In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above.

    Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

    For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please view the link below:

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The University Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at (818) 677-2077.

    Advertised: Dec 15, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
    Applications close: Open until filled

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