Postdoc in Multivariate Time series Analysis of Behavioral Data

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) at the University of Colorado Boulder anticipates hiring a full-time postdoctoral fellow starting Summer/Fall 2021 for a 2-3 year position. 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 collaborate on research projects involving analysis of multivariate time-series data (e.g., physiological signals, speech communications, sleep patterns) during small group interactions in the lab, classrooms, and the workplace. The position offers a unique postdoctoral training experience and unsurpassed publishing opportunities within multi-disciplinary, multi-institution, grant-funded projects. The postdoc will be encouraged to publish extensively, advance their own research program, develop advanced technical skills, strengthen their research portfolios, develop leadership skills, and gain expertise in authoring grant proposals.

The postdoc will also be part of the NSF National AI Institute for Student-AI teaming , which aims to reframe the role of AI 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 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 postdoc will work with Dr. Sidney D’Mello and will play a co-leadership role in a vibrant research team encompassing researchers in Cognitive Science, Psychology/Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Education. We investigate the dynamic interplay between cognition and emotion while individuals and groups engage in complex real-world tasks. We apply insights from basic research and computational modeling to develop intelligent technologies that help people achieve to their fullest potential by coordinating what they think and feel with what they know and do. We are housed in the Institute of Cognitive Science, whose missions is to enhance human cognition, learning, and development through the creation of interdisciplinary partnerships. ICS fosters rich scientific interchange across researchers from a broad range of fields including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Education.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Leading the analysis of multimodal, multivariate time series data collected in individual and small-group studies in the lab and in the wild.
  • Providing intellectual contributions with respect to theory development, study design, and funding applications.
  • Disseminating findings via peer-reviewed publications and assisting with reporting requirements.
  • Training lab members in advanced statistical techniques (note there is no formal teaching requirement).
  • Contributing towards a self-governed collaborative lab environment.

What You Should Know

  • 2-year position, with potential renewal to a third year.
  • The start date is negotiable but anticipated for Summer/Fall 2021.

What We Can Offer
Salary range between $53,000 and $60,000 based on experience.


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 .

What We Require

  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, Applied Math/Statistics, Psychology (Quantitative, Applied, Cognitive) or a related field at the time of appointment.
  • Expertise in multivariate time series analysis especially for nonstationary and nonlinear signals.

What You Will Need
  • Scripting/programming skills (e.g., R, Python, Matlab).
  • Ability to conduct independent research and strong writing skills as evidenced by first-author publications.

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience with one or more of the following:
    1. cognition embedded in social interactions (e.g., collaborative problem solving; interpersonal coordination, team science);
    2. dynamical systems modeling and analytical techniques (e.g., recurrent quantification analysis, multifractal analysis) and
    3. psychophysiological measurement and analysis (e.g., EDR, HRV, EEG).
  • Basic machine learning experience.
  • Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional Publications: Two representative publications combined into one file

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is 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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